Active case detection in Kota Samarahan not under enhanced MCO, says DCM

  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Apr 2020

KUCHING: The active case detection at Taman Desa Ilmu and Taman Uni Garden in Kota Samarahan is not under the enhanced movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the operation, which started on Monday (April 27), was meant to detect any positive cases, trace the close contacts of positive cases and carry out Covid-19 screenings in the two areas.

He said both locations were selected for the operation as 20 cases, including two deaths, had been reported there in the last 14 days.

"This shows that the virus is still spreading in the two areas. Therefore, a more aggressive strategy is needed to break the chain of transmission.

"This active case detection is not under enhanced MCO. The operation tries to limit the movement of people within these two areas and also restrict people from going in so that the task of detecting cases can be carried out smoothly," he said at the Sarawak disaster management committee's daily Covid-19 briefing here on Monday.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba had announced on Sunday (April 26) that the active case detection would be conducted at Taman Desa Ilmu and Taman Uni Garden from Monday until Thursday (April 30).

On the concerns of some residents that they might find it difficult to get food during the operation, Uggah said the committee had taken this into consideration.

He said residents could still obtain food and other essential supplies from shops and supermarkets within both areas while the operation was ongoing.

"We are not stopping their movement, but we try to keep people within these two areas.

"We will keep close attention to the issue of food. No operation should be launched if it stops food from reaching people," he said.

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