Nurseries, kindergartens, religious schools in Sarawak ordered shut

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg (Bernama Pic)

By Jack Lapidus

ALL nurseries, kindergartens and religious schools in Sarawak are instructed to close for two weeks, effective tomorrow.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said all schools also have been instructed to extend their school holidays for another week, until March 29.

“In the last three days, Sarawak has recorded 34 positive cases of COVID-19 where 29 are “imported” cases.

As such, the state government has come up with the following control measures to prevent further escalation of COVID-19,” he was speaking at a press conference held at Wisma Bapa in Kuching today.

Besides, both government and private universities and colleges, are to defer their new academic session by two weeks, effective tomorrow as well.

All public sports facilities including swimming pools, stadiums and gymnasium are to be closed, starting tomorrow, until further notice.

Meanwhile, all arrivals into Sarawak including the Sarawakians, will be issued with a 14-day “Stay Home Notice” (SHN), effectively on Wednesday.

This includes Sarawak residents, long term and short-term pass holders.

The relevant agencies will monitor the Stay Home Notice holders through random visits, phone calls and modern technology applications.

Exemptions shall only be given by the State Health Department to those who are required to travel under special circumstances (official and business duties).

Abang Johari added all Sarawak government official functions, involving more than 50 persons, are to be cancelled or postponed or until further notice.

Any public functions, involving more than 50 persons are strongly advised to be postponed or cancelled until further notice.

He also urged public to stop circulating fake news, otherwise, they would be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998, which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.