Ba’ Kelalan residents urged to exercise caution as Covid-19 cases reported near border

Baru Bian (file pic)

KUCHING, April 28: Communities living close to the border have been reminded to not cross over nor receive visitors with Covid-19 cases allegedly surfacing close by on the Indonesian side.

According to a press statement from Ba’ Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian dated today, he had received reliable information from friends in Long Bawan in the Krayan area in Kalimantan, that two persons there have tested positive for Covid-19.

“This is a huge concern for us as Lawas has been declared a green zone.

“Long Bawan is just across the border from Ba’ Kelalan. Due to the close proximity, I urge the authorities to be extremely vigilant and strict at all CIQs and exit/entry points along the border with Kalimantan, especially along the Ba’ Kelalan and Bario stretches. The same vigilance is also needed to seal off the many ‘jalan tikus’ which are found at various places along the border.”

Baru who is also the Selangau MP reminded communities living near the border not to enter Kalimantan nor receive visitors for the time being, urging them to be extra careful at this time and to do their part to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus to keep their families and communities safe.

“Our doctors, nurses and all staff at hospitals and clinics are risking exposure to the virus as they perform their daily duties. So are those who have to leave their homes daily to keep the essential services going and the volunteers who go out to help the less fortunate.

“I wish to express my appreciation to them for their dedication and selflessness. In these extraordinary times, we truly begin to understand and value those we may have taken for granted in the past.” — DayakDaily