Sarawak to tighten border controls to keep import cases out

Uggah giving updates on the latest situation of Covid-19 in Sarawak.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Sept 30: Sarawak is poised to tighten entry restrictions on domestic travellers and visitors in renewed efforts to prevent “imported” cases of Covid-19, following cases spike in neighbouring states and countries.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas informed that the additional rules and entry requirements will be announced tomorrow (Oct 1).

“The Committee has sat for an emergency meeting today and took note of the increase in Covid-19 cases every day outside Sarawak.

“As such the SDMC will be charting strategies to protect Sarawak from receiving import cases from outside Sarawak,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 update today.

Uggah pointed out that Sarawak is surrounded by the ring of Covid-19 fire with several neighbouring countries saw a high number of cases and as such, emergency border control was necessary to curb the spread of infections.

As of Sept 29, he shared that Indonesia recorded 4,002 new Covid-19 cases followed by the Philippines (2,015 cases), Sabah (73) and Sabah (23) while Brunei has a cumulative case of 146.

“This is the reason we need to take preventive measures to take care of Sarawak from Covid-19,” he added. — DayakDaily