Sarawak to be under full lockdown for two weeks effective May 29

Covid-19 (file photo).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, May 27:  The Sarawak government will implement a total lockdown for two weeks effective May 29, 2021.

According to a reliable source, the decision was made by the government this morning.

This is to curb further spread of Covid-19 cases which have been on the increase since the beginning of this year where multiple strict measures have failed to bring down the cases.

State Disaster Management Commitee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas will make the announcement this afternoon at 5pm.

Major towns such as Sibu, Miri and Bintulu have been showing high number of Covid-19 cases since then and recently Kuching has joined the list.

Yesterday, Kuching topped the list once again with most Covid-19 cases at 110 as Sarawak reported 640 new cases in 31 districts and two fatalities, taking the state tally of positive cases to 43,966 and death toll to 263. 

SDMC in its daily update yesterday reported on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, revealed that 346 or 54.06 per cent of the 640 cases were detected in the districts of Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bukit Mabong. 

Apart from Kuching, the 30 districts that recorded an increase in daily infections are Miri (101), Sibu (75) Bukit Mabong (60), Selangau (44), Samarahan (30), Tatau (29), Serian (25), Asajaya (25), Mukah (24), Bintulu (23), Sri Aman and Kapit (21 each), Sebauh (9), Song and Pakan (5 each), Simunjan and Daro (4 each), Lundu, Subis, Lubok Antu and Marudi (3 each ), Beluru, Sarikei, Lawas and Pusa (2 each), while Limbang, Tanjung Manis, Tebedu, Kanowit and Meradong has one case each. 

Of the 640 new cases, a total of 80 cases were symptomatic while 541 comprised of individuals who have moved into quarantine. — DayakDaily