S’wak sets two-week home quarantine

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  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: The state government has announced a slew of measures, including requiring a two-week self-quarantine for all entering the state and closing down childcare centres, kindergartens and tahfiz for a fortnight.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said effective Wednesday, all visitors entering Sarawak as well as returning Sarawakians would be issued with a 14-day stay home notice.

This includes Sarawak residents and long-term and short-term pass holders.

“The relevant agencies will monitor those under stay home notice through random visits, phone calls and modern technology applications, ” he told reporters here.

The move comes after the state recorded 14 new positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total to 34 since last Friday.

Another 186 cases are awaiting lab results.

Abang Johari said exemptions for the stay home notice would only be given by the state Health Department to those required to travel under special circumstances such as official and business duties.

He also announced that all kindergartens, childcare centres and tahfiz in Sarawak were to close for two weeks effective today while schools were to extend their school holidays until March 29.

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