Long queues at checkpoints due to health checks

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020

Motorists waiting to enter Miri from Brunei at the Sg Tujuh checkpoint, 35km north of Miri city as health checks are intensified to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

MIRI: The border immigration checkpoints between Brunei and Miri are getting more congested now due to the novel coronavirus health screenings here.

Cross-border travellers entering from Brunei have to fill in health declaration forms and have their temperature taken.

Ngu Ting Sung, a Malaysian living and working in Brunei and who crosses the border to Miri weekly, said this was causing long queues because filling of forms had to be done manually at the checkpoints.

“The health screenings are also carried out manually unlike at airports where passengers are scanned electronically.

“These queues are longer during the weekends and public holidays, ” said Ngu.

He urged authorities in Brunei to distribute the health declaration forms at stations before the Miri border to enable motorists to fill earlier and save time.

In view of the virus, Sarawak Health Department has set up a hotline to get faster reports on suspected cases.

The hotline, 082-443 248, is being managed by the department’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre.

“Any suspected case must be immediately referred to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre of the state Health Departmen.

“All doctors in government clinics and hospitals as well as private hospitals and clinics must report every suspected case they come across, ” said the secretariat in a press statement.

Since Feb 2, more than 52,000 people entering Sarawak were screened at the airports and land and sea entry points, said the secretariat.

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