Sarawak continues to ban inter-district travel and open houses

By Emma Victoria 

SARAWAK continues to ban inter-district travel during the upcoming Hari Raya and Gawai celebrations.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said people are not allowed to return to their hometowns or “balik kampung” as there are still some Covid-19 red and yellow zones.

Hence, it is not safe to move around unnecessarily.

“We don’t want the people from the red and yellow zones to move around and later spread the virus into the green zones.

Hence, they are not allowed to travel unless they have valid reason” he said at the daily Covid-19 press conference on Thursday.

“Other activities such as open houses, visits to burial grounds, tahlil and kenduri and shaking hands are not allowed as well,” he stressed.

“We are aware of the people’s feelings but efforts must be done to ensure that the chain of infection is broken,” he said.

Uggah, who is also the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Chairman said the state had succeeded in flattening the curve of the virus infection as the number of new cases had remained low during these past few days.

It is hoped that the number of positive cases will continue to be minimal, he said.

Hari Raya falls on May 24 while the annual Hari Gawai Dayak is celebrated on June 1.

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