Dusk to dawn operation


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 25 Apr 2020

MIRI: While the rakyat slept through the night, others from various agencies in special missions sanitised public and private areas including premises and housing estates throughout Sarawak.

It was a 24-hour effort to stop the Covid-19 virus from spreading.

The special units involved in the sanitising exercise did so everyday in cities like Kuching and Miri, and towns like Sibu and Bintulu, as well as rural bazaars in the 14 divisions in Sarawak.

These teams are made up of about 5,000 personnel from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, army, police, Rela, Civil Defence Unit, health department, local districts and city councils as well as community volunteers.

In its latest update, Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department that is leading the sanitisation exercise, said so far 299 separate operations have been carried out throughout the state.

“The sanitisation operation teams have so far covered 86 government buildings, 50 public market complexes, 17 shopping malls, 78 religious buildings and places of worship.

“We have also sanitised 26 housing estates and commercial centres, 37 community halls, 21 transport hubs and stations, six hotels and three industrial sites.

A sanitisation exercise being carried out overnight in various cities and towns in the state, headed by the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department. — Photo courtesy of Fire DepartmentA sanitisation exercise being carried out overnight in various cities and towns in the state, headed by the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department. — Photo courtesy of Fire Department

“So far, 299 different rounds of sanitisation ops have been carried out, ” the statement read.

The most number of sanitisation exercises were done in Kuching, followed by Miri.

Kuching has a population of about 650,000 while Miri has about 350,000.

The personnel in the team don special protective gear while carrying out the sanitisation as they use chemical solutions designed to kill the Covid-19 virus.

Sarawak has recorded 16 deaths from Covid-19 infection.

There are 459 positive patients fighting the infection in 36 hospitals statewide.

The most number of patients recorded are in Kuching, Samarahan, Miri and Bintulu.

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