Longhouse residents may have sneaked out

SIBU: Police believe that some residents of longhouses may have sneaked out from the back of their homes despite the Covid-19 movement restrictions.

“We only have a roadblock at the road leading to a longhouse as we do not have enough officers to be placed at all corners, ” said Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit.

“There is no denying that some might have come out by walking from their farm at the back of the longhouse.

“They can walk two to three hours from the farm at the back of the longhouse to the main road without us knowing, ” he said in response to talk on social media said the police had only set up roadblocks at the junctions of roads leading to longhouses.

He said the number of longhouses in Sibu district under lockdown had increased from eight to 48 to curb the contagion arising from the Pasai cluster.

The cluster started after residents of a longhouse got infected from a 32-year-old woman who came back from Johor on Dec 29 after attending her father’s funeral.

She tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 6. Subsequently, the virus spread to longhouses in Pasai Siong and to places like Kanowit, Selangau, Song, Miri and Kuching.

When 37 residents of Rumah Langi tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 8, the Sibu Disaster Management Committee got into action by placing eight longhouses in Pasai Siong under lockdown.

As of yesterday, there are 48 longhouses under lockdown here, while Kanowit has 14 and Selangau has six.

The Sibu division, which covers Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau, is under the movement control order for two weeks until Jan 29.

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