CMCO imposed in Kuching, Sibu and Miri


KUCHING: Sarawak is imposing a conditional movement control order in Kuching, Sibu and Miri from Jan 13-26 to curb the rising spread of Covid-19.

This comes as the state reported 153 new cases yesterday, the first time the daily figure hit triple digits since the pandemic started.

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Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said Kuching, Sibu and Miri were now red zones, with 97 local transmissions reported in Miri in the last 14 days and a total of 112 in Kuching and Sibu.

Red zones are districts with 41 or more locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days, orange zones 21 to 40, yellow zones one to 20 and green zones with none.

Interstate travel from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan to Kuching, Sibu and Miri will require police permission during the conditional MCO period.

Similarly, travel in and out of the red zones during the conditional MCO will not be allowed without a police permit.

“The Kuching zone under the conditional MCO will include the Samarahan and Serian districts. This is because many people from Samarahan and Serian work in Kuching and vice versa, so they will be able to travel within the zone.

“The Sibu zone includes the Sarikei district while the Miri zone covers Miri district only, ” Uggah said at the state disaster management committee’s briefing here yesterday.

He said detailed standard operating procedure for the conditional MCO would be released today, including shorter opening hours for businesses.

In addition, 47 longhouses have been placed under lockdown while all government programmes in the state this week have been cancelled.

“Longhouse residents will not be allowed to leave during the lockdown. We have to do this to curb the spread of Covid-19, ” Uggah said.

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