Health DG: EMCO to be enforced in Sarawak if necessary

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KUCHING, July 23: The Ministry of Health (MoH) will enforce an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in areas affected by Covid-19 in Sarawak if there is a need, says its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham.

According to Noor Hisham, this is in view of the increase in number of Covid-19 clusters which has been identified in the state recently.

“We have taken action by sending a team from the ministry to the field, and we will continue to strengthen and increase our contact tracing (efforts) in order to detect positive cases.

“So far, we have managed to control the situation well and have no problems, but if there is a need, we will implement EMCO in the (affected) areas, in the locality and also the target groups that has been identified,” he said during a press conference to give the day’s Covid-19 updates in Putrajaya today.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that as of now, the identified clusters are under control and the ministry is continuing to conduct contact tracing for those exposed to the positive cases in the clusters, in order to identify them.

“After identifying the contact, they will need to go for a Covid-19 test, and if found positive, they will be admitted to the hospital, while those who are negative will be quarantined,” he added.

The eight active clusters in Sarawak are the engineering, Mambong, medical, Jupiter, Stutong market, jetty, Sentosa and Melbourne clusters. — DayakDaily