Tiong: EMCO period should extend to 21 days

KUCHING: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the period of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) should be lengthened from 14 days to 21 days in the future.

He said proposal has been made in view of the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant as well as other variants of the coronavirus.

“The delta and other variants are prevalent with longer incubation times and stronger chances of spreading. Everyone is facing great pressure due to this.

“In view of this, it has been proposed that any future EMCO be lengthened to 21 days,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Sept 10).

Meanwhile, on the Covid-19 situation in Bintulu, he urged those who have been diagnosed as positive, as well as close contacts, to reach out in emergency cases.

“They can call the Health Department’s 24-hour hotline at 086-318666 if they have any medical needs during their home quarantines.

“Let’s be considerate too by not abusing the hotline as it is meant for life-threatening situations, taking it for granted or abusing the hotline could result in hurting people who needs help,” he said.

At the same time, Tiong said he had requested additional medical teams to help cover areas where residents are undergoing home quarantine.

“We requested that the authorities add two more medical teams to the eight teams deployed by the Health Department with four teams covering urban areas.

“This would be a total of 10 teams serving more than 2,000 home quarantine confirmed cases and their close contacts, while performing door-to-door testing,” he said.

Tiong said with such steps being taken, it would maximise the effectiveness of the pandemic prevention efforts and ensure proper professional medical care for those under home isolation.