Covid-19: State govt urges public to postpone, defer all non-essential travel between Sarawak, West Malaysia

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KUCHING, March 12: All non-essential travel to Peninsular Malaysia and from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak are advised to be postponed or deferred.

With the coming school holidays, the State Disaster Management Committee also advised parents not to go for holidays with their children to affected countries and Malaysian states.

“In addition, any government or public gathering involving more than 500 people are also best to be postponed.

“Sarawakians need to prepare ourselves,” the statement emphasised.

The advice came following World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Covid-19 a pandemic and in view of the increase in number of cases in Peninsular Malaysia.

The committee also appealed for all Sarawakians who had attended the ‘Ijtimak Tabligh’ event at Seri Petaling Mosque in Selangor from Feb 27 to March 1 to visit the nearest hospital or health centre for health screening.

This was in view of a participant from Brunei being confirmed with Covid-19.

“If you or anyone you know attended this event, please go to your nearest government hospital or health centre for the very important screening.”

For any query or advice, those concerned can contact the following hotlines:

1. The state Health Department Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre(CPRC) Kuching at 082-443248
2. Kuching Divisional Health Centre(DHC) at 082-610626
3. Kota Samarahan DHC 082-672101
4. Serian DHC 082-872331
5. Sri Aman DHC 083-320230
6. Betong DHC 083-472388
7. Sarikei DHC 084-652815
8. Sibu DHC 084-345862
9. Mukah DHC 084-873392
10. Kapit DHC 084-796264
11. Bintulu DHC 086-315235
12. Miri DHC 085-410722
13. Limbang DHC 085-211726

The committee also advised that temperature screening and hand sanitisers be made available at public places, offices and other premises.

The public are reminded to always practise the highest standards of personal hygiene including frequently washing hands or wearing a face mask if they are not well.

Those having flu, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties are strongly advised to seek immediate medical treatment. — DayakDaily