Belaga at heightened risk of more Covid-19 infections

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By S. Harrish

THE current harvest and planting season for oil palm plantations has raised fears of an influx of illegals into Sarawak.

With Sarawak’s border with Kalimantan remaining porous with many border trails, it has also raised fears of more Covid-19 infections.

Social and environmental activist Harry Wing told The Vibes there are concerns that the undocumented Indonesians could spread the virus in remote parts of Belaga district.

“I heard there are more cases of Indonesians found positive with Covid-19 in the remote parts of Belaga district. There are also claims that some of them who died are being carried back into Kalimantan via illegal routes.

“Belaga district has turned into a Covid-19 red zone, but there isn’t even a hospital here. The nearest one is Kapit Hospital which is five hours away by boat.

“We only have an isolation and treatment centre at the Belaga community hall for low-risk Covid-19 patients. The locals are very worried about the current situation, especially potential Covid-19 carriers among the undocumented Indonesians.”

Wing said news that dozens of undocumented workers were found in the RM8 billion Baleh hydroelectric dam project site in central Sarawak, was worrying.

The project site has also been placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order following a Covid-19 outbreak there.