KOTA KINABALU: Public bus services in Sandakan have been put on hold for two weeks from Tuesday (Oct 6) after several bus drivers tested positive for Covid-19.
Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) chairman Datuk Chin Kim Hiung said the decision was made on the recommendation of the Sandakan Health Department on Monday (Oct 5).
He said that a total of 150 minibus drivers took the Covid-19 test, and added that health officials have detected a few positive cases among them
Chin said the temporary halt of the public bus services from Oct 6 to Oct 20 is to prevent the spread of the disease, to enable the immediate cleaning and disinfection of the vehicles and other facilities.
"Minibus users in the district can use other modes of public transportation during this period," Chin added.
He reminded that public transport drivers and passengers face action under Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, Police Act 1967 and Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 if they flout the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the government.
Meanwhile, the Sandakan Health Office has advised bus drivers and their close contacts to undergo home quarantine for 14 days and to notify them if they have symptoms like fever, cough, flu and shortness of breath.