A merrier CNY this year as Sarawak lifts quarantine on visitors

Voon Shiak Ni (File photo)

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KUCHING, Jan 29: This year’s Chinese New Year (CNY) will be merrier as the 14-day quarantine measure is lifted for travellers within the country to Sarawak.

Social activist Voon Shiak Ni said more people could make their way home this year to celebrate the auspicious occasion with their parents and families in Sarawak.

“The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone for two years to date, and many have not been able to go home for two years, especially those working in West Malaysia.

“However, I would like to caution everyone that the pandemic is not over yet, and in the circumstances, it will be good to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) strictly in place and to do Covid-19 self-test when necessary,” she said in a statement today.

She mentioned that Malaysia saw an uptrend in the daily Covid-19 infection for the past few weeks, with over 5,000 new infections yesterday.

“On the brighter side, it is a consolation that most of us had taken the booster dose in Sarawak, but the general public still needs to be reminded that vaccinations do not prevent infection.

“So it is still crucial that all of us can play our little role to contain the spread of the pandemic like performing Covid-19 self-tests before CNY visiting or gatherings to protect our family and relatives, especially our elderly at home,” she added.

Voon also hoped that the world could end the Covid-19 pandemic this year, and World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised hopes that the millions of Omicron variant infections spiralling in Europe now can shift the pandemic to a milder illness. — DayakDaily