More residential areas in Bintulu will be placed under lockdown, apart from Taman Jason

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

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By Lian Cheng

BINTULU, Aug 27: Apart from Taman Jason 1, 2 and 3, more residential areas in Bintulu are expected to be placed under lockdown, says Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

He issued a stern warning to residents of various housing estates, saying that if they continued to defy the standard operating procedures (SOP) laid down by authorities and cause Covid-19 cases to increase, a lockdown will be inevitable.

“Today, we have already imposed a lockdown in Taman Jason, (because) over a period of one week, (there are) about 20 cases.  

“So there are going to be two to three housing estates (which) we are going to target to lockdown because cases are coming up, as I said, from these housing estates,” said Tiong in a press conference here today.

As for longhouses which accounted for the majority of Covid-19 cases in Bintulu a few months back, Tiong, who is also Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China said cases in longhouses have been decreasing, with only one or two longhouses affected now.

He called for strict adherence to the SOPs to avoid the spread of more Covid-19 cases and reiterated that he would not hesitate to impose a lockdown on any housing estates should that happen.

“If there is nothing important that requires you to leave home, then stay at home and work from home,” said Tiong.

He reminded Bintulu residents who need to do grocery shopping to send only one person from a household instead of making a group trip. 

“If you need to buy groceries, don’t bring children aged below 12,” said Tiong.

Under the latest SOPs of Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, for districts under Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan, children aged below 12 are still forbidden from entering crowded places and public areas. 

The same SOP also encourages those who are part of Covid-19 high risk groups to stay home and avoid crowded places. — DayakDaily