Covid-19: 12 longhouses in Kanowit under lockdown

Picture from Dayak Daily

By John Isaac

AS the number of Covid-19 positive cases continue to soar, 12 longhouses in Kanowit have been placed under lockdown for two weeks.

The two week lockdown varies for each longhouse which includes Rumah Benjamin, Jelani, Tibu, Maria Bukong, Roma, Anthony Ikus, Dim, Engkulau, Keterina, Manggie, Samsudin and Ruman Lee Kok Sing.

Reports in Dayak Daily said prior to the explosion of positive cases on Jan 8 from the Pasai Cluster, Kanowit district had zero cases.

However, as at Jan 20, it recorded 87 cases, with one death.

Kanowit, Sibu and Selangau are the three districts in the state under two-weeks of MCO from Jan 16 – 29.

During the lockdown, each longhouse is guarded by two Rela members, while the police made regular patrols.

Residents are provided with food and drinks, while those in need of medical supplies can submit their names to the Rela members and the police would send them to Kanowit Hospital.

Police had since closed the two exit points as inter-district travel is prohibited during the MCO period.

The two exit points are at the Majau Bridge and the Durin-Kanowit Bridge.