S'wak to tighten entry requirements for areas with high Covid-19 cases

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  • Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020

KUCHING: Sarawak is set to tighten entry requirements into the state from areas with a high number of Covid-19 cases, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the stricter measures, to be announced on Thursday (Oct 1), aimed to curb the spread of imported cases in Sarawak.

"Sarawak is surrounded by several states and countries which have recorded large numbers of positive cases.

"For instance, on Sept 29, the Philippines reported 2,015 new cases, Indonesia 4,002, Singapore 23 and Sabah 73.

"This is why we have decided that more vigilant steps need to be taken by Sarawak to contain Covid-19 from spreading further in the state," Uggah said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Wednesday (Sept 30).

He also said four new imported cases were reported in Sarawak on Wednesday, two each in Kuching and Miri.

This brings the tally of confirmed cases in the state to 713.

Uggah said one of the new cases was a Sarawakian woman who returned to Miri from Kuala Lumpur on Sept 28 and underwent a random Covid-19 test at Miri Airport.

"The test returned positive and she has been admitted to Miri Hospital," he said.

The other three cases involved individuals who returned from Sabah.

One is a student at a skills training institute in Miri who flew from Kota Kinabalu on Sept 28 and returned a positive result from a PCR test taken at Miri Airport on the same day, Uggah said.

He said another student who returned from a holiday in Menggatal, Sabah, tested positive from a PCR test upon arrival at Kuching International Airport on Sept 27. Contact tracing for both cases is ongoing.

The third case is a security personnel who returned from duty in the Sabah state election on Sept 28.

"He was ordered to undergo 14-day quarantine and a PCR test on Sept 29 returned positive," Uggah said.

To date, he added, 501 security personnel who returned from duty in Sabah had undergone a first round of Covid-19 screening.

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