S'wak to decide on which economic activities to reopen in green zone


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  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah visiting the active case detection operation at Taman Desa Ilmu in Kota Samarahan.- Zulazhar Sheblee/The Star

KUCHING: Sarawak is studying which economic activities can be allowed to reopen in areas categorised as Covid-19 green zones, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the state disaster management committee was looking into the matter to mitigate the economic impact of the movement control order (MCO).

"About 73% of Sarawak is already green, although yesterday one district (Limbang) turned from green to yellow.

"We have a team now seriously studying what the activities we can allow to operate in the green areas," he said after visiting the active case detection operation in Kota Samarahan on Wednesday (April 29).

Green zones are areas with no Covid-19 cases or where no new positive cases have been detected for 14 days.

Uggah said the committee would consider public safety as well as the economy in making its decision.

"We are aware that the MCO has brought about quite a negative impact on jobs and the economy.

"But we cannot only consider the economy, we also have to consider the lives of the people. So the committee will come up with a decision which is appropriate for Sarawak," he said.

Uggah also said the committee was looking into whether or not to allow approved economic sectors to operate at full capacity in the fourth phase of the MCO as announced by the International Trade and Industry Ministry on Tuesday (April 28).

He said the committee would be the "final authority" to approve any change in the mode of operation in Sarawak.

"The reason is because we, in Sarawak, understand the situation here and we want to make sure that whatever decision we make, we will put the lives of Sarawakians as top priority," he said.

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