Police permission needed for inter-zone travel in Sarawak, says DCM

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  • Monday, 27 Jul 2020

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah speaking at the state disaster management committee briefing in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: People in Sarawak must get police permission to travel between yellow and green zones in Sarawak from Aug 1-14, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Deputy Chief Minister said Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions, which were yellow zones, were grouped into zone one while zone two covered the green zones of Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

He said anyone who wanted to travel between the zones must obtain permission from the police first.

"There will be exemptions for those on official duty, working in essential services, or who need to travel due to death or critical illness in the family or go for a medical check-ups.

"We would like to discourage movement between these two zones as Kuching, Samarahan and Serian are yellow zones and we don't want to infect the green areas," Uggah said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Monday (July 27).

He said the inter-zone travel restrictions, which had been approved by the Federal Government, would come into effect from Aug 1-14.

However, he said free movement would be allowed within the zones.

He also said businesses in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian can only open from 6am to 10pm effective Aug 1-14.

In addition, commercial flights between Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan would be reduced between during those dates.

"The state government appeals to the public for their cooperation. We understand this will cause inconvenience and stress but these strategies are necessary to ensure the number of Covid-19 cases will not rise and the curve will be flattened," he said.

Uggah said the committee decided on the additional strategies as the number of active cases in Sarawak remained high at 70.

Of the total, Kuching district recorded 52 cases comprising 38 local transmissions and 14 imported cases in the last 14 days, while Samarahan reported 11 local and two import cases.

Bau and Lundu districts, which are in Kuching division, had one local and imported case each, while Bintulu district recorded three imported cases.

Uggah also said no new cases were reported in Sarawak on Monday, with the state's tally remaining at 650.

He said there were no new recoveries either, while 68 patients were still being treated in hospital.

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