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Chief Minister, Abang Jo thanks the people

The Sarawak Government wishes to thank members of the public for their co-operation to abide by the Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to the enforcement personnel, especially the Police, military and frontliners including medical personnel and Immigration Officers for their effort to enforce the MCO, said Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari. 

He appeal to the general public to abide strictly to the MCO. Public co-operation is vital otherwise the infection will go out of control. The public needs to follow the advice of the authorities to stay at home. 

“A severity and the seriousness of the problem is not to be underestimated. The MCO is an exercise to flatten the infection curve of the virus which will burden the community, the state and the country’s resources, and affect the health and safety of every individual, if not checked, ” he cautioned. 

The COVID-19 hotspots in Sarawak are as follows:

• Kuching

• Serian

• Betong

• Sarikei

• Bintulu

• Miri

• Limbang

Abang Jo added that the State Government is collaborating with the private hospitals with regards to screening and testing of the COVID-19 infection. Discussions have been held with Borneo Medical Centre (BMC), Timberland Medical Centre, KPJ and Normah Medical Specialist Centre to enhance  capacity to deal with the situation. 

The government, he reasoned is enlisting the involvement of the military with immediate effect to enforce the MCO at border posts and the rural areas. 

“All border posts are to be closed with immediate effect. Only CIQ between Sarawak and Brunei namely Sungai Tujuh, Tedungan, Pandaruan and Mengkalap will be open from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. All CIQs between Sarawak and Kalimantan namely Tebedu, Biawak and Lubok Antu will be open between 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. This is in line with the opening hours as agreed by Brunei and Indonesia. 

Members of the public are strongly advised not to spread unverified and fake news. Perpetrators are subject to severe penalty according to the existing laws, ” he said.

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