Subject travellers from red zones to Covid-19 test

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) should compel travellers from red zones in the state to undergo Covid-19 test before given permission to travel.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said this is a safety measure to prevent travellers from spreading the virus from red zones to other zones in Sarawak.

“While I understand this may cause some level of inconvenience, it is important to protect other parts of Sarawak especially the green zones and some yellow zones as well,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Dr Yii said with the high number of cases in red zones, steps must be taken to limit the possibility of asymptomatic carriers who may spread the virus to other areas especially to the interiors where healthcare facilities are limited.

“SDMC can implement a policy where, in order to get permission to travel out especially those of essential services, they can apply first for a police permit and those successful will then be allowed to get free Covid-19 testing in any of the clinics.

“Only with both the police permit plus a negative Covid-19 result, should one be allowed to travel outside a red zone,” he said.

The MP said the police permit application process should also be made easier via online applications by uploading the necessary documents for approval.

“Such policy is actually not new and has already been implemented for those travelling from red zones outside of Sarawak into the state. Thus I believe it should be extended to intra-state travel as well.

“It is not just important to protect the health of those in the different zones, but also the economic activities in those areas,” he said.

He added, SDMC should take a proactive step and the necessary precautions so that loopholes could be covered for the good of Sarawakians.