All arrivals from Sabah must undergo Covid-19 test, three days earlier

By Emma Victoria

AS ALMOST all 95 new Covid-19 cases today were reported in neighbouring Sabah, Sarawak has announced that all arrivals from that state must undergo swab test for virus.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said that under the new ruling that becomes effective next Monday, anyone coming from Sabah or Labuan need to do the Covid-19 test three days before departing for Sarawak.

They have to fill in the “EnterSarawak” online form and submit supporting documents, including the Covid-19 test result.

As for Malaysians, including Sarawakians who enter the state from Penang, they will be selected randomly at the airport to undergo Covid-19 swab test.

“Sarawakians returning from overseas will be quarantined at the “first point of entry” in Sarawak before they can continue to their final destinations,” said the committee.

For those who need to commute to Brunei and Sabah frequently for work purpose, they need to take the Covid-19 swab test, once every two weeks. They also need to apply for a special letter issued by the Disaster Management Committee in their respective Divisions.

Those working in the oil and gas industry who need to work offshore and have been in Sarawak for the past 30 days, are not required to undergo Covid-19 test, except for those coming from other states and countries as they have to go for a swab test and comply with the existing SOPs.

The Health Ministry reported 95 new Covid-19 cases today, with 90 of them in Sabah.

One death was also reported in Sabah.

The Sabah cases are from the Benteng Lahad Datu (76), Pulau (4) and Selamat (3) clusters. The other local transmission is from the Bunga cluster in Negeri Sembilan.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the the new infections bring the total number of cases to 10,147.

Meanwhile, the SDMC said that it is compulsory for international students and foreign workers in the construction and plantation industries to have a valid permit to enter the state and apply for approval from the committee by filling in the “EnterSarawak” online form.

Their company or institution need to pay for their 14-day quarantine and two Covid-19 swab test as well as provide transportation to transfer them from the “first entry point” to the quarantine centre.

On another matter, it said baby spas, horse racing and recreation and sports centres under the Kuching South City Hall’s jurisdiction are allowed to resume operations with strict SOPs.