Mandatory Covid-19 screening for arrivals extended until Aug 31

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Aug 11: Compulsory Covid-19 screening upon arrival at Sarawak’s entry points will be extended until Aug 31.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this applies to all Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan.

On the other hand, those from government and business sectors who wish to enter Sarawak may apply for quarantine exemption through (enterSarawak) if the reason for their journey is categorised as essential services.

“Those from essential services and on official business must bring a letter of permission from their respective Head of Department or employer,” Uggah told a press conference when giving updates on the state’s Covid-19 situation at the former State Legislative Building here today.

Meanwhile, he also pointed out that quarantine procedures for those coming from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan into Sarawak but their final destinations are located in rural areas or far away from the nearest health clinic for Covid-19 screening will be extended until Aug 31.

“Upon entering Sarawak, these people will be quarantined at hotels. They can only return to their respective homes if their Covid-19 swab test returns negative,”

“As for those coming from (Covid-19) red zones, they will be automatically quarantined at hotels first before they are allowed to return to their home,” Uggah added. — DayakDaily