KUCHING: The Covid-19 cases in Sarawak appear to be increasing every day although the movement control order (MCO) has been in effect for over 11 days.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement, said on Monday the death toll in Sarawak now stood at 322 while the total number of cases that day was 51,171 and the number of 600 cases for the day was 600.
Every day, the SDMC declares a new cluster as a result of multiple activities in the locations as well as the enforcement of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at several heavily hit locations to halt the spread of Covid-19.
The public think that the MCO should be extended if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise although the commercial sectors do not welcome the proposal.
Muhammad Hardy Mustaqim (Private worker)
If the Covid-19 cases in Sarawak increase, it is better to extend the MCO with stricter standard operating procedures (SOPs). This may eventually improve the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak.
Joan Joanna Smith (Assistant engineer)
Stricter SOPs can bring down the number of Covid-19 cases. Then we do not have to extend the MCO because our economy is not doing very well right now.
Madelline May Smith (Business owner)
I hope in future, Covid-19 will vanish because it has been difficult for my business amid the MCO and the pandemic. But whatever Sarawak’s decision, I believe it is for the sake of the people.
Bivianty Ramon (Student)
As a student, it is difficult for me to study because everything is online. That is why I hope that the Covid-19 cases in Sarawak will go down, especially now that the MCO has been implemented. But if the cases keep on increasing, it is better for the government to extend the MCO.
Nur Kartini Rahman (Trader)
If the virus cases in Sarawak do not improve, we have to extend the MCO. To be honest, it has affected my business, and thankfully, the government has helped us with the petty trader’s assistance of RM1,500. For that, I am grateful.
Nur Syahmina Zaidi (Business owner)
I hope that the number of pandemic cases in Sarawak can be reduced quickly because the economy is not in a good shape. My scarf (tudung) business is suffering because we are not allowed to operate. I hope everyone will follow the SOPs and try to stay at home.