Do not return to Sarawak for now, says Minister

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By John Isaac

SARAWAKIANS living outside the state have been urged to refrain from returning to the state at the moment unless they have important matters to attend to, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“Now we are beginning to record 2,000 daily cases in Malaysia — the worst is yet to come, the doubling time (for the cases) will be shorter.

“For now, please don’t come back to Sarawak if you are from West Malaysia, Sabah, Labuan or Kalimantan, Indonesia unless you absolutely have to,” he said in a Facebook post reported by the New Sarawak Tribune.

On Dec 31, 2020 and Jan 1 this year, Malaysia recorded an increase to more than 2,000 daily Covid-19 cases where previously, the daily cases had been mostly more than 1,000.

Dr Sim said returnees to Sarawak will continue to undergo the 14-day quarantine to prevent a spike in cases in the state.

Conversely, he also urged Sarawakians to not travel to West Malaysia, Sabah, Labuan or Kalimantan, Indonesia unless they have to.

“Please prepare to be swabbed a few times even if you spent just one day outside Sarawak and for last minute policy changes,” he said.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Saturday said the nation recorded 2,295 new cases, which brought the cumulative number of infected individuals in the country to 117,373 so far.

He said, at the same time, Malaysia reached its highest daily recoveries since the start of the pandemic at 3,321, which brought the total number of recoveries to 94,492 or 80.5 percent of the nation’s total number of cases.