Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The movement of Sarawakian students returning to their hometowns will be closely monitored.

Those travelling from red and yellow zones to green zones will be issued with a wristband tag each and stay home notice.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said they have discussed with the Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) across the state on the preparation for the returning students.

“The standard operating procedure (SOP) is that those (students) coming from green zones they will be quarantined for 14 days upon their arrival,” he said during the daily press conference on Covid-19 yesterday.

“However, for those who are coming from the red and yellow zones, they will be given a wristband tag at their point of arrival. Then, they will be screened on the seventh day and if the results are negative, they will continue to undergo quarantine,” Uggah said, adding that Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) was coordinating at their end as their students had started leaving campus yesterday.

“They are crisscrossing the state. Additionally, the green areas this morning (yesterday) decided that students arriving in the green areas will be given wristbands, required to undergo home quarantine and tested on the seventh day as well to ensure continuity of their green zone status.

“There is no problem of moving from division to division for those coordinated by Unimas. Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik (Deputy State Secretary and SDMC deputy chairman) is coordinating with the Education Director as the higher learning institutions are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education.

“So we appeal to all to, please understand what needs to be done and we thank them (in advance) for their sacrifices later on. So far, we are happy that all the loose ends are sorted out,” he said.

He also mentioned that the Sarawakian students from Malaya are expected to arrive in Kuching beginning today.