Covid-19: Sabah bars entry of people arriving from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has imposed an immediate ban on people arriving from the Indian subcontinent.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said this includes those arriving from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, in view of the latest Covid-19 variant strain that is spreading in these countries.

The state government has decided to put in place the ban with immediate effect, he said on Sunday (May 2).

The latest move comes after Sabah on April 27 restricted entry of people arriving from India, France, United States, Africa and Brazil due to the spread of the Covid-19 variant, said to originate from India.

In a statement, Hajiji said only Sabahans, their spouses and children are allowed to enter the state after a 14-day compulsory quarantine.

He also said all crew members of vessels, except Malaysians, with a travel history to those countries over the past 14 days, are not allowed to sign off in Sabah.

For Malaysians, he said they will have to undergo a 14-day compulsory quarantine. The order takes effect on Monday (May 3).
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