Inter-district travel now allowed as new Covid-19 cases drops

By S. Harrish

THERE were 159 new Covid-19 cases today in Sarawak with Sibu recording the most cases with 52 infections.

State Disaster Management Committee said this brings the total number of cases to 9,924.

Betong recorded 49 cases, followed by Kuching (18), Bintulu (15), Miri (9) and Sarikei (5).

Dalat and Samarahan had three cases each while Sri Aman, Bukit Mabong, Marudi, Tatau and Subis had one case each.

Sarawak now has 10 red zones – Selangau, Kanowit, Betong, Meradong, Kuching, Samarahan, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Sibu.

Sibu has the most number of cases with 1,179 in the last two weeks followed by Kuching (284), Kapit (264), Bintulu (253), Meradong (168), Miri (151), Betong (119), Kanowit (49), Samarahan (46), and Selangau (41).

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the Village Security and Development Committees (JKKKs) in Betong have been roped in to enforce the lockdowns in nine longhouses in the district.

He said the JKKKs are now tasked with community policing works in their respective longhouses and will ensure all SOPs are followed.

He said the Betong Division Resident’s office would brief them on their new responsibilities.

Meanwhile, the nationwide tally today was 1,555 cases with six deaths.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 2,528 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 278,431.

The total number of infections now stands at 304,135, with 24,563 active cases.

There are 204 patients in the ICU, with 96 on respirators.

The six deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,141.

On another matter, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the MCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang will be replaced with CMCO, starting Friday.

He said Sarawak, Negri Sembilan, Kelantan, Perak and Kedah will remain under CMCO.

He said inter-district travel will now be permitted, except for Sabah, while inter-state travel is still not allowed for all states.

Ismail said Malacca, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan, currently under CMCO, will be placed under RMCO.

The CMCO and RMCO phases will be from March 5 to 18.

Previously, all states in the country except Sarawak were placed under MCO from Jan 22 to Feb 18.

Sarawak was first placed under CMCO from Feb 15 to March 1, before being extended until March 15.