Covid-19: Sibu committee to propose EMCO for Zone 7 following surge in cases

SIBU: A densely populated Zone 7, comprising Jalan Tiong Hua and its surroundings, here and Zone 15 (Sentosa) may come under an enhanced movement control order, following a spike in cases on Wednesday (Feb 24).

Zone 7, which is one of 34 zones, recorded 19 more cases, bringing the total to 171 so far while Zone 15 also saw an uptick with 19 new cases recorded Wednesday, bringing the total to 112 cases.

Assistant Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said, in a Facebook livestream Wednesday, that the Sibu Disaster Management Committee will propose an enhanced MCO in Zone 7 to the state disaster management committee.

"We are proposing a lockdown and will announce any decision tomorrow. Tonight, I will have a meeting with the Sibu Resident Charles Siaw," he said.

Dr Annuar said the two places in Zone 7, Jalan Tiong Hua and Jalan Foochow, had the most cases after active case detection was conducted on Feb 20 and 21 involving 1,207 samples.

The Sibu district recorded 181 new cases on Wednesday, which is the most of the 353 total cases in the state.

Saying that the war against Covid-19 still has a long way to go, Dr Annuar said,"We will not surrender. We will fight until we are successful. We need the cooperation of all residents to comply with the standard operating procedures," he said.

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