SDMC to re-evaluate procedure for entry into Sarawak to prevent the spread of Delta variant into State

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 4: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will re-evaluate the procedure for entry into Sarawak from time to time with the State Health Department based on the latest development of Covid-19 situation within the country and overseas.

SDMC emphasised that the measure is paramount especially to curb the transmission of the Delta variant which has been identified in 10 states.

“SDMC has announced the latest procedure to enter Sarawak on June 25.

“This includes the requirement for rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab test to be taken three days prior to entering Sarawak effective June 28.

“Subsequently, there were six cases from a family of eight who were screened positive before travelling to Sarawak on July 1.

“This shows the importance of the policy to prevent the transmission of positive cases to Sarawak and reduce the risk of infection to staff in airports as well as passengers and cabin crews on the same flight,” the committee said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, SDMC in a statement dated June 25, had said citizens and non-citizens who travelled to Labuan in the last 21 days were banned from entering Sarawak immediately except for emergency purposes with prior approval required.

The committee added domestic travellers from within Malaysia who are returning to Sarawak are expected to undergo at least a seven-day self-monitoring period after being released from a compulsory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility.

Those were the changes to the travel regulations and procedures then to enter Sarawak following risks assessment that was carried out from time to time. — DayakDaily