‘Red zones should be under strict lockdown’


The eight Covid-19 red zones in Sarawak should be under strict lockdown to stop the spread of the disease, says Parti Bumi Kenyalang secretary-general Priscilla Lau.

They are Kuching, Samarahan, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Kapit, Bintulu and Miri.

In a press statement, Lau questioned the rationale for placing them under the conditional movement control order.

She reasoned that a strict lockdown should be enforced until the pandemic’s circuit was broken completely like the first lockdown a year ago.

“The balancing act between reviving the economy and breaking the circuit is a no-brainer.

“Data has shown that those with strict lockdowns are more successful, ” she said.

Taking Sibu as an example, Lau said it was initially placed under MCO from Jan 16 to Feb 14 because of the rise in Covid-19 cases.

However, after a month, the numbers were still rising.

“Even though the cases have risen to as high as 120, Sibu has been put under the conditional MCO category, ” she said.

She cited Victoria in Australia, which was placed under strict lockdown for five days to break the circuit and stop the spread of Covid-19 and its new variant when just one case was detected.

Lau also urged the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and Health Ministry to send more frontline personnel to Sibu and allocate additional aid to the town.

The processing time for people to be quarantined at Laila College, she said, took up to 12 hours, until 1am before they are placed in quarantine rooms.

“According to the feedback I have received, the frontliners are short-handed and exhausted.” — By ANDY CHUA

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