Active case detection held at Serikin Indonesia Border Market

Medical officers preparing to conduct Covid-19 swab tests on residents and the public at the Serikin Indonesia Border Market. Photo was taken from Dr Sim's Facebook page.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 13: The State Health Department has conducted an active case detection (ACD) exercise for Covid-19 at the Serikin Indonesia Border Market in Bau today.

The ACD exercise was the third for the week after two similar exercises were carried out at Milan Square, Tabuan Jaya on Monday (Jan 11) and iCom Square at Pending yesterday.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian in a Facebook post said the ACD at the Serikin Market was specially organised to help the public in areas of high exposure to Covid-19 cases.

He pointed out that the ACD was not Ops Jala, an operation to arrest illegal immigrants.

“Please help to come forward to be Covid-19 risk assessed and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tested free.

“Is for your safety, your family, your colleagues, your friends and Sarawak safety,” he said.

Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a media statement yesterday said the Sarawak Immigration Department has arrested a total of 356 illegal immigrants from January 1 until yesterday (January 12) with those arrested comprising mostly Indonesians.

It also said the General Operations Force (PGA) arrested 18 Indonesians including a child and four local men at a road in Biawak, Lundu recently. — DayakDaily