Public urged to postpone travel to Covid-19 outbreak hotspots

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KUCHING, March 5: The Department of Health Sarawak is advising the public to postpone travel to cities or countries which have been declared as Covid-19 outbreaks spots namely China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran.

Members of the public are also advised to adopt a high level of hygiene such as covering their mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.

“Immediately afterwards, throw the used tissue into the rubbish bin. Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing. Wear a mask when you have to talk to other people.

“Always practise good manners when coughing or sneezing and ensure that personal hygiene is maintained at all times,” the department emphasised.

In the event of symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty in breathing within 14 days of returning from a visit to China, South Korea or any country that has been declared a Covid–19 outbreak spot, they are advised to seek immediate medical treatment.

They must also inform their attending physician on their travel history.

Meanwhile, all medical practitioners, regardless from government or private clinics must report cases of suspected Covid-19 immediately by using the notification form to the nearest District or District Health Office or directly to the Crisis Emergency Response Centre (CPRC) through email to or contact 082-443248. — DayakDaily