Sabah police propose mandatory quarantine after holidays

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali

KOTA KINABALU: The police are proposing to impose mandatory quarantine for those returning to the state after the school holidays and Hari Raya season.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said apart from taking Covid-19 swab tests, those who leave the state and return after the holidays should also be asked to undergo quarantine.

“We will discuss this with other agencies and departments, ” he said, adding that any updates on this proposal would be announced by state authorities.

On other matters, he said there had been an increase in traffic out of the district over the past two days.

“I hope those who come back to the city or those needing to return to where they come from have proper permits and valid reasons. If not, they will be asked to make a U-turn, ” Hazani said.

No one will be allowed to cross district borders (except for those in Penampang, Putatan and Kota Kinabalu, which is considered a zone) until the inter-district ban is lifted on May 16.

If the ban is lifted, Sabah will go back to the zoning mechanism whereby districts are grouped into zones and those who live within these districts can travel within their respective zone.

There are six zones: Zone 1 consists of Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Ranau, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan and Papar; Zone 2 Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Sipitang; Zone 3 Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas; Zone 4 Sandakan, Beluran, Kinabatangan and Tongod; Zone 5 Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Kalabakan; and Zone 6 Keningau, Tambunan and Tenom.

Hazani said although he understood the feeling of longing to meet family among Hari Raya celebrants, it was everyone’s duty to make sure that the Covid-19 virus did not spread further.

“We have roadblocks in over 50 areas, with more than 2,000 personnel deployed in turns throughout this season, ” he said.

“There will be no compromise for obvious and blatant defiance of the SOP whereas those who have no urgent reason to cross borders will be asked to turn back.”

Apart from monitoring traffic, policemen are also stationed at all shopping malls in the city to ensure the SOP is observed to prevent new Covid-19 clusters.

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