By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Dec 14: The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has reduced the number of days for quarantine for those entering the state from 14 days to 10 days with effect from today (Dec 14).
This follows the decision announced by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday to cut down on the number of days for quarantine for those coming to Malaysia to 10 days from 14 days during a press conference.
As a result, SDMC also followed suit and had made several decisions with regards to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for those seeking entry into Sarawak.
SDMC in a press statement said Sarawakians who returned from overseas are required to undergo quarantine for 10 days at the designated quarantine centre.
Thereafter, the committee said their Covid-19 swab test will be taken on the second and eighth day of their quarantine period.
Subsequently, it added they will be attached with a wristband if they tested negative for Covid-19 on the eighth day and be ordered to observe self-quarantine at home until the 14th day.
For non-Sarawakians and foreigners, SDMC said they will be required to undergo Covid-19 swab test upon their arrival at the first point of entry into Sarawak and observe the 10 days quarantine period.
The committee said they will be attached with a wristband and be required to observe self-quarantine until the 14th day.
SDMC added those from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan seeking to enter Sarawak are required to observe 10 days quarantine at the designated quarantine centres.
The committee disclosed that their Covid-19 swab test will also be taken on the second and eighth day upon their arrival.
If they tested negative for Covid-19 on the eighth day, the committee said they will be attached with a wristband and be given release order to continue their quarantine at home until the 14th day.
For those from Sabah and Labuan looking to come to Sarawak, SDMC said they are required to undergo Covid-19 screenings three days prior to their entry into Sarawak.
The committee stressed that Sabahans and those from Labuan will be prohibited to enter the state without giving any valid reason.
On another note, SDMC said the Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has finalised the SOPs for the medical tourism industry.
The committee revealed that the SOPs for the industry will be effective starting from December 16. — DayakDaily