Covid-19 causes 107 longhouses to be placed under lockdown

Signboard prohibiting outsiders from entering Pasai Siong.

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 22:  A total of 107 longhouses in Sarawak are now placed under lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 which has managed to invade the rural areas of Sarawak.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the measure has to be taken to put a check on the spread of the pandemic in longhouses.

“All these longhouses we locked down to ascertain that the residents do not get out of the longhouses while waiting for the results of the first swab tests.

“And not long later, they will have to go for second swab tests,” said Uggah at a press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex to update Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.


It takes two tests to ascertain whether a person is totally free from the dreaded Covid-19 virus.

This is one of the advises constantly reminded by those in SDMC including Dr Chin Zin Hing, Sarawak Health Director. 

Earlier in November last year in a press conference, he already stated clearly that it takes two Covid-19 tests to ascertain the health status of a suspected individual.

He advised all those going for the first test, to go for a second test on the 10th day after the first one and while waiting for the result of the first test and to get ready for the second test, the person suspected of contracting Covid-19 must stay at home.  

“This is because after the first test, if the person continues to mix with others, he or she may still be infected.  He or she may also infect others as the virus at this period is still under incubation period and is undetectable by the test,” said Dr Chin at a press conference on November 2, 2020. — DayakDaily