Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has said that the state government will be taking several strict control measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, by extending the school holidays and imposing a mandatory 14 day stay home notice for visitors to Sarawak.
During a press conference, the Chief Minister has also mentioned that all visitors, foreign and domestic, coming into Sarawak and returning Sarawakians will be issued with a 14-day stay home notice. “This includes Sarawak residents and long-term and short-term pass holders. The relevant agencies will monitor the stay home notice holders through random visits, phone calls, and modern technology applications.” he said.
This comes into effect on Wednesday (March 18) and exemptions will only be given by the state Health Department to those required to travel under special circumstances, such as official and business duties.
The state government had decided to take such stringent measures in Sarawak as the number of Covid-19 positive cases increased from 20 yesterday to 34 today. Another 186 cases are awaiting lab results.
All public sports facilities, including swimming pools, stadiums and gyms are to be closed effective Tuesday until further notice.
He also said all state government functions involving more than 50 people will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.
“Any public functions involving more than 50 persons are strongly advised to be postponed or cancelled until further notice. Everyone is advised to practise the highest standard of personal hygiene and to strictly practise social distancing,” he said.