SDMC yet to determine source of Covid-19 in rural Sri Aman

Uggah (centre) at a Covid-19 press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex today (Jan 8, 2021)

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 7: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has yet to determine the source of local Covid-19 transmission involving the two longhouse residents in rural Sri Aman.

The two Covid-19 cases of rural Sri Aman District has turned Sri Aman District from a green zone to yellow zone.

To control the spread, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said an at least 14-day lockdown will be enforced on the two longhouses – Sg Putong Longhouse, Ulu Undop and Bui Panjai Longhouse, Lubok Antu.

“Because there must be a first test and a second test. Only when they are declared negative in the second test then we are confident that they are negative,” said Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

Admitting that both cases are of local transmission, he said SDMC has yet to have details of how these two longhouse folks have fallen victims to the pandemic.

Referring to one of the cases, he said the patient had been coughing and went voluntarily to seek treatment in the local clinic. It was then he was tested and found to be Covid-19 positive.

He said SDMC has carried out active case detection in the two longhouses and enforcement agencies have been sent to monitor the movement of the longhouse folks where no one will leave or enter the longhouses.

“Following the lockdown, the PDRM (the Malaysian Royal Police) and the Welfare Department will be there to assist the people.

“The Welfare Department has taken the immediate action to send food to the residents of the two longhouses as they are not allowed to leave their longhouses,” said Uggah at a Covid-19 press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex here today. — DayakDaily