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KUCHING: Sarawakians have been urged to postpone their non-essential trips coming in and from Singapore and Hong Kong.

Society of Private Medical Practitioners Sarawak (SPMPS) president Dr Liew Shan Fap said this in a statement issued yesterday regarding the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

He noted the increasing number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections in Singapore and Hong Kong, saying the risk of getting infected also increased.

“Therefore, we advise Sarawakians living in Singapore and Hong Kong to postpone trips back to Sarawak if possible.

“Apart from that, Sarawak residents are also advised to postpone all non-essential trips to these two territories,” he added.

Dr Liew said if travels are necessary, travellers should practise self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Sarawak.

“Practise good personal hygiene to prevent passing the virus to loved ones.”

Hong Kong has already recorded 53 confirmed Covid-19 cases with one fatality while Singapore has so far detected eight new cases, bringing the tally to 58.

Meanwhile, Malaysia has recently confirmed its 19th Covid-19 case involving a 39-year-old woman from China.

Sarawak is still free of the disease. However, 80 persons are under investigation, including 16 who are awaiting their tests results.