Individuals instructed to be home quarantined reminded to obey SOPs

Uggah speaking at a press conference in Kuching today (Oct 8, 2020) to give updates on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak. Looking on is Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Oct 8: Individuals who were given instructions to undergo home quarantine must always comply with the quarantine orders and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said those who were instructed to be home quarantined should stay in a designated quarantine room if there is any and not step out of the premises.

He added that these individuals should not eat, sleep or perform daily activities such as watching television in the presence of other family members and using shared washrooms.

In stating this, Uggah disclosed that Case 722 who tested positive for Covid-19 in Kuching yesterday (Oct 7) was found to have be advised to undergo self-quarantine only instead of mandatory home quarantine.

“Case 722 reported yesterday he was not given the instructions to be quarantined at home, but instead he was only given advice to do self-quarantine until the results of his Covid-19 screening test is found negative.

“He has also been advised to always practise personal hygiene, physical distancing, wear face masks and comply with the SOPs related to Covid-19 infection,” Uggah disclosed at a press conference to provide Covid-19 updates here today.

Case 722 involved a civil servant who worked and stayed in Sri Aman. He was randomly selected for Covid-19 screening at Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Oct 3 upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur after a holiday in the capital city of Malaysia since Sept 25.

“When he reached Sarawak, SDMC has not implemented the mandatory screening and quarantine instructions for visitors arriving from Peninsular Malaysia.

“The instruction was effective starting only on Oct 4, 2020,” said Uggah. — DayakDaily