THERE is no travel restriction to and out Kuching for now despite the district being declared a Covid-19 red zone area.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah however advised the people from outside Kuching not to visit the district if they do not have pressing or urgent matters to attend to there.
“Similarly, for those in Kuching we hope they will refrain from going to other districts in the state. Stay home stay safe,” he told the media this after visiting the operation room set up at the mosque compound at Kampung Haji Baki in Kuching following the enforcement of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) there today.
Uggah was accompanied by the Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Sri Dr. Sim Kui Hian, deputy state secretary Datuk Ik Pahon, state Health Department Director Dr Chin Zin Hing and Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chieng on the visit.
He said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) of which he is the chairman took into considerations many factors prior to enforcing the EMCO, and not a total lockdown. The latter would result in a ban on inter- district travel.
“We have also discussed with the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“The people and the business community will face a lot of hardships in a total lockdown. So we came to a conclusion to do the EMCO in Kampung Haji Baki.
“In other areas like the Green Hill area where positive cases had suddenly shot up to 20 yesterday and which is worrying us, we do the Active Case Detection (ACD).
“Those in the Green Hill cluster, the people are scattered around in the city too. But fortunately many of them have came forward to do testings at private hospitals and clinics on their own,” he added.
Uggah added that the SDMC had also directed all entertainment outlets like bars, lounge, karaoke, pub and others and public and private gymnasium to close while banning any gatherings exceeding 200 people in the district.
He said all restaurants were required to cease operations at 10pm.
On the EMCO at Kampung Haji Baki, he said it is the first to be done in the state.
Some 4,196 people from 627 households in three blocks there are affected by the order.