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Mandatory quarantine for incoming travellers stays

SIMANGGANG: The mandatory fourteen days’ quarantine procedure for travellers from outside of Sarawak into the state will continue to be implemented. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said currently, there is no change to the existing policy on...

Mandatory 14-day isolation to prevent variants from creeping in

KUCHING: One of the reasons that Sarawak insists on a 14-day quarantine for those entering the state irrespective of vaccination status is that even if one may have a ‘vaccination passport’, it is not the same as having immunity or an infection-free guarantee. Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian explained that such a policy was implementable by the state due to Sarawak’s immigration autonomy.  “Despite the inconveniences, heartache, and hardships, it is to prevent variants from spreading into Sarawak. “When it comes to (the) virus, we must implement policies like a country,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 1).  The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said one of the reasons for rolling out vaccinations as fast as possible was to prevent Covid-19 mutations and the formation of variants.  He stressed that what is needed is herd immunity, not just people being registered for vaccinations.  “Thanks to Sarawak’s united war efforts, the spirit of solidarity, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) is able to do genomic surveillance locally in Sarawak to complement the Ministry of Health’s overall Covid-19 strategies,” he said.  Dr Sim said not only Sarawak but the whole of Malaysia needs to do more genomic surveillance, though there is limited expertise and only centres of excellence can perform this. “If you don’t test, you don’t find it. Blissful ignorance is not a blessing in this Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. He pointed out that some of the Covid-19 variants had implications on the vaccines and may partially contribute to the infection waves that Sarawak is facing.  “We need every Sarawakian to help (guard) our air, sea, and land borders until all our neighbours have achieved vaccine herd immunity and no active variant transmissions in their local communities,” he said. 

Food aid for quarantined households

KUCHING: A total of sixty-five households under quarantine near  Kampung Stunggang Melayu Baru, Lundu received food supply assistance. The contribution was channelled through Lundu district office by Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu on Thursday. Jamilah said while Lundu district...

We are sorry: BDA

BINTULU: Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) has come out with an apology for the inconvenience that occurred in the collection of garbage for the past two weeks. The issue had affected several areas in the division. According to the statement, the service...

SDMC refuses to end mandatory quarantine

KUCHING: Sarawak will only consider lifting the 14-day mandatory quarantine if the Covid-19 situation in the state in particular and country as a whole has improved satisfactorily or when the measure is no longer necessary. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)...

RM15 mln per month for hotel quarantine

KUCHING: Starting September last year, the Sarawak government has been spending over RM15 million per month to cover the cost of hotel quarantine for Sarawakians. “This is all borne by the state government and no other state in Malaysia is...

Test results confirm zero cases at Rumah Sidah

SARATOK: The mandatory quarantine period for the occupants of Rumah Sidah in Sungai Brangan here ended today as test results had shown no positive cases among its occupants. The results from the second swab tests for 58 occupants of the...

Status quo for state’s quarantine policy

KUCHING: Sarawak will not be following the federal government’s policy to allow Cabinet ministers returning from official overseas visits to only undergo a three-day observation period. The policy will continue to be the same which is to undergo a 14-day...

Cabinet ministers should be quarantined too

KUCHING: Cabinet ministers should not be exempted from the mandatory 10-day quarantine, said Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA). “There should not be double standards regarding Covid-19 precautionary measures,” SPA added. “We have also seen several Cabinet ministers testing positive for Covid-19. The...

SUPP sec-gen taken by surprise

MIRI: Sarawak United People’s Party Central secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting expressed shock and surprise that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed a state of emergency in the country until Aug 1 – or an earlier date if the situation improves...
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Mandatory quarantine for incoming travellers stays

SIMANGGANG: The mandatory fourteen days’ quarantine procedure for travellers from outside of Sarawak into the state will continue to...
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