Miri council extends campaign to publicise new norms to curb Covid-19 ahead of Aug 1 enforcement date

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  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

MIRI: The Miri City Council is extending its campaign to publicise the new norms to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, which will be enforced starting August 1.

Mayor Adam Yii said Wednesday (July 29) that the local authority will enforce the new norms as extensively as possible.

"The new norms of wearing face masks, social distancing and personal hygiene measures will be given comprehensive coverage in Miri.

"These new norms will be implemented in all retail shops, shopping complexes, food premises, markets and also all public gathering places.

"The city council has launched a poster campaign and social media programme to make this known to as many people as possible.

"The public must get used to these new norms.

"They must play their part as we battle Covid-19 infections," he said.

The council has already made wearing face masks and social distancing mandatory in food premises and shopping malls.

Meanwhile, a veteran assemblyman has called on the Sarawak government to check on the movements of foreign workers throughout Sarawak immediately.

Tanjung Batu rep Chiew Ching Sing expressed his concerns Wednesday (July 29), after three new positive Covid-19 cases involving foreigners were found in the Bintulu district in northern Sarawak over the past day.

Tanjung Batu is one of three state constituencies in Bintulu, the others being Kemena and Samalaju.

He told The Star today that in Samalaju, there were at least 6,000 foreign workers.

"The estimated 6,000 foreign workers there are from numerous countries such as China and Indonesia.

"They are in the heavy industrial and the oil palm plantation sectors.

"They often come to Bintulu town freely, and they also go to other places in Sarawak.

"The detection of new cases of Covid-19 infections in Bintulu involving foreigners should be a warning for us," he said.

Chiew said the new norms of mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing must be enforced even in industrial areas and agriculture estates.

As Sarawak battles to contain a second wave of Covid-19 infections, the authorities must expand the new norms beyond buildings and complexes, he said.

Sarawak is battling a second wave of Covid-19 positive cases and a surge in the number of patients-under-investigation in the past week.

There have been 19 deaths and 650 positive cases in this state so far.

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