Siniawan old town, night market closed until further notice due to Covid-19 fears

A file photo of Siniawan old town and night market packed with people during the Country Music Festival.

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KUCHING, March 17: Siniawan old town and night market will be closed temporarily from March 20 until further notice.

Siniawan Town Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), in a brief statement today, informed that this measure was taken in view of the escalating Covid-19 situation in the state.

“Any inconvenience caused by the closure of Siniawan old town and night market is regrettable, ” said the notice.

Meanwhile, the federal government has yesterday (March 17) announced restriction on public movements and gatherings from March 18 to 31 after spike in Covid-19 cases.

The prohibition of movement and mass assembly nationwide would include all religious, sports, social and cultural activities.

All places of worship and business premises must be closed except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores, and stores selling basic necessities.

In recent days, many events and activities as well as tourism and sports facilities have announced its cancellation, postponement and closure.

The events affected include Borneo Balloon Fiesta 2020, Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2020, Spartan Race 2020 Sarawak, International Big Bikers, Bung Bratak Festival and some 30 conferences.
Meanwhile, Sarawak registered eight positive Covid-19 cases today as of 11am, bringing the state’s number of positive cases to 42.

The State Disaster Management Committee informed that a total of 656 people have been traced to Cluster 1, which was linked to the ‘tabligh’ gathering at Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
The statement added that a total of 35 persons-under-investigation (PUI) cases were recorded at 10am today.

With the new cases, Sarawak has since Jan 11 this year, recorded a cumulative 502 cases.

However, 204 cases are still waiting laboratory test results, while 263 had tested negative for the disease.— DayakDaily