SIBU, Jan 16: Three more hotels here with a total of more than 400 rooms have agreed in principle to become quarantine hotels for Covid-19 PUS (persons under surveillance)
These additional rooms should be available to take in returnees from outside Sarawak when MCO on Sibu is lifted.
This made the number of hotels used as quarantine centres to six. The other threes are Premier Hotel, Kawan Hotel and Sarawak Hotel with a total number of 309 rooms.
Premier Hotel has been the quarantine hotel since the first day until now.
The agreement was made at a dialogue session organised by Bawang Assan SUPP chairman, Senator Robert Lau and Sarawak Central Region Hotels Association yesterday.
The objective of the dialogue was to inform the hoteliers in Sibu to share what is required of a hotel used as a quarantine centre for PUS.
At the dialogue, Lau urged more hotel owners to offer their hotels to open up as quarantine centres as Sibu will eventually have to allow flights outside the state to resume before there is a herd immunity for the whole population.
Assistant Resident of Sibu Division, Wong Hee Sieng, said more hotel rooms are needed as quarantine centre for PUS when the MCO is lifted on Sibu in order for flights from outside Sarawak to resume.
“Currently there is no flight to Sibu during the MCO except for internal flight (between Kuching, Bintulu and Miri). PUS are people who returned to Sarawak via Sibu Airport. They will undergo 14 days quarantine,” he said.
Dr Peter Tang the Managing Director of Borneo Medical Centre who was also attending the dialogue share the nature of Covid-19.
BMC is helping out with doing the lab test on the PCR samples.
Dr Tang said the virus will die in a maximum of four days outside a host body. -DayakDaily