Wuhan virus: 16 foreign visitors barred from entering Sarawak as precaution

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KUCHING, Feb 2: Sixteen foreign visitors have been barred from entering Sarawak in the last two days as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the Wuhan novel Coronavirus (n-CoV).

According to information from the Immigration Department, the majority of these foreign visitors were from the People’s Republic of China.

Of the 16 visitors, 13 were from China, one from Indonesia and two from Hong Kong.

The statement noted that there were 14 foreign visitors who tried to enter the state via Kuching International Airport on Feb 1-2.

Out of the 14 foreign visitors, there were two women arriving from Sabah, nine individuals from West Malaysia, one Indonesian, and two people from Hong Kong with one family member having been to China in the past 14 days.

Apart from that, there was one Chinese national coming to Sarawak via Miri Airport from West Malaysia for leisure today (Feb 2).

There was also another Chinese national coming to Sarawak via Mulu Airport from Kota Kinabalu.

All of them were disallowed from entering Sarawak.

The Immigration Department noted that so far, there have been 519 foreign visitors whom have been referred to the Ministry of Health for medical screening in connection with the Wuhan virus. — DayakDaily