State to look into possibility of EMCO in Kuching, Kota Samarahan

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK will further study if it is necessary to implement the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kuching and Kota Samarahan, the two Covid-19 red zone districts in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state disaster management committee has not identified any potential area yet.

“We are still looking at the increase of Covid-19 cases, the pattern of the infection as well as the major clusters.

“We have the details on which area or cluster the positive cases came from but we have not identified or confirmed a particular location that need to undergo EMCO,” he said at the daily Covid-19 press briefing yesterday.

Uggah, who is also the committee chairman said the government needed another two days to come out with a plan or strategy to tackle the sudden increase of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

An area placed under EMCO means people are not allowed to enter and exit from there.

“We need to chart a map first to determine if it (EMCO) is necessary, we don’t want to use a shotgun to shoot a fly,” he said.

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah opined that it is
unnecessary for EMCO in Sarawak yet.

“Personally, we have not reached that (critical) level yet. So far, the awareness among the Sarawakians is there. So, I would advise the public to continue to stay home, maintain their hygiene and practise social distancing,” he added.

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