Close socialisation in longhouse setting contributes to surge in Covid-19 cases

Datuk Francis Harden Hollis (centre) during his visit to present food aid to longhouse residents.

By Nur Ashikin Louis

SRI AMAN, May 23: Close socialisation among residents in longhouse setting is a major contributor to the increasing trend of Covid-19 cases within the community, said Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

The Simanggang assemblyman said the virus could spread rapidly among the longhouse residents since they are already accustomed with scenarios of socialising with occupants of every door.

“However, the people must start to seriously comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the authorities in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection,” he said.

He said this when presenting food aid to longhouse residents undergoing Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) period in Simanggang here on Friday (May 21).


The longhouses affected were Rh Suntie Sayup in Sebujok, Undop involving 32 families; Rh Rose Emma Stanley Gate in Temujok Atas with 30 families; and Rh Romeneo Tugang in Ng Skrang Ulu with 11 families. — DayakDaily