By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Feb 16: Residents of Kampung Sungai Maong here are not allowed to leave their homes throughout the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) which will take effect from tomorrow (Feb 17) until March 2.
In the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, all routes leading in and out of the TEMCO area will be closed as residents will not be allowed to leave or enter the area.
The police will enforce the TEMCO with support and assistance from the Armed Forces, Civil Defence Force, People’s Voluntary Corps (Rela) and local authorities.
For emergency cases such as sickness or death, movement is allowed but permission must be applied for from the police. A representative from the family may contact the SDMC or TEMCO operation room.
No visitors are allowed to enter the area as well.
Surau, mosques, houses of worship and schools within the TEMCO area will also be closed while all economic sectors as well as social, recreational and cultural activities are also not allowed to run for the next two weeks.
The Health Ministry will conduct mass Covid-19 screening for all residents.
Any form of donations from non-government organisations (NGOs) may be channeled through SDMC Kuching during the EMCO period.
Distribution of food aid will be coordinated by the SDMC.
Meanwhile, Kampung Sungai Maong was placed under TEMCO for two weeks following the detection of 18 Covid-19 cases from the area which subsequently led to the creation of a new cluster in Kuching today.
The index case of the cluster is Case 6,292 who was detected from symptomatic screening at a health clinic on Feb 11.
The case is a 38-year-old woman who is a security guard at SGH. Contact tracing among close contacts and colleagues detected 17 cases out of which 10 were detected today.
As of today, a total of 50 individuals have been screened with 18 positive cases including the index case while 32 are awaiting results.
In addition, Taman Univista at Kota Samarahan will also be placed under TEMCO for the next two weeks after 45 positive cases were detected in the area, out of which 19 new cases were reported today.
This also led to the creation of the Univista Cluster which involved three localities namely Kampung Muara Tuang, Taman Univista and Taman Samarax.
The index case is Case 6,295, who is a 33-year-old satay seller in front of his residence in Taman Univista and was detected from symptomatic screening on Feb 6.
Up until today, a total of 184 individuals have been screened whereby 45 were positive including the index case while 43 are still awaiting results.
Active case detection (ACD) is currently ongoing for the area.
The Kampung Sungai Maong Cluster in Kuching and Univista Cluster in Samarahan were among the six new clusters declared in Sarawak today. — DayakDaily