SARAWAK has formed an integrated standard operating procedure monitoring team led by the police to control the spread of Covid-19 cases in Sibu district.
The team, which started the task on March 3, will monitor the situation three times a week.
It comprises the police, the army, Road Transport Department, Public Works Department (JKR), Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Ministry, Immigration Department, Sibu Municipal Council, Agriculture Department, Rela, Unity Department and the Marine Department.
Sibu crime prevention and community safety division head DSP Ariffin Bahar said the operation was to ensure the public and business community strictly adhered to the SOP during the conditional movement control order until March 15.
“The team members will go around to ensure people use the MySejahtera app to register their particulars, scan their body temperature and wear face mask before entering any shop.
“Business premises should have a registry book for customers to note down their particulars if they don’t have a smartphone, provide hand sanitiser and ensure employees and customers observe physical distancing, ” he added.
DSP Ariffin said the team would monitor the business, eateries, manufacturing, agriculture and commodities, and construction sectors.
Giving examples, he said the municipality would concentrate on five-foot way and illegal trading, the domestic trade ministry would check on price tags, Immigration on illegal workers and JKR on construction sites.
“The teams will continue with the operation should the conditional MCO be extended, ” he added.
On the Covid-19 situation, Sibu division disaster management committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee said the 4,297 cases in the district were not only from the Pasai Cluster variant.
In his daily live stream session, he said early specimens sent to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) for analysis found the cases as being from a mixture of variants.
However, Dr Annuar, who is also Housing and Local Government Assistant Minister, said more comprehensive research was needed.
“We want to know why the Pasai Cluster has created so much havoc and also determine the origin of the virus from the index carrier, ” he elaborated.
He said they were waiting for funding from Sarawak Research Development Council for Unimas to carry out an in-depth study on the variant.
Meanwhile, committee chairman Charles Siaw said the committee had extended the enhanced MCO at seven of the 20 flats in Sibu Jaya by another week as the number of cases was still high.
In a statement, he said blocks C, H, J, K, L, H and R would be under enhanced MCO from 12.01am on March 5 to 11.59pm on March 11.