MIRI: Members of the public who were at places visited by Covid-19 cases have been told to get tested and self-isolate.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau told The Borneo Post yesterday that these individuals should not wait to be contacted by the authorities concerned.
“Anyone who has been to places where positive Covid-19 cases were published, must take the necessary steps by immediately going for swab tests and isolate themselves,” he said.
He said that the current wave of Covid-19 infections is spreading fast because those who have visited locations where positive cases were detected did not take the necessary steps outlined by the authorities.
“They are in denial or do not care and have this ‘tidak apa’ (no big deal) attitude. This should not happen.
“I was told by a former Covid-19 patient what he went through while being hospitalised and he did not wish to go through the same experience for a second time. So why not take this Covid-19 pandemic seriously?
“We cannot rely on the authorities alone to act, but we need everyone on planet earth to cooperate,” he said.
In view of this, he advised the public not to hold any gatherings, no matter the size.
He also urged couples planning to hold their engagement or wedding receptions in the first half of the year to postpone them for safety and health.
“If they really cannot wait and must have it done, then do it privately, only with the presence of their parents, siblings, and authorised church agent.
“Later on, once the situation permits, then they can have their big celebration as planned. But right now, we need to modify and change our lifestyles a bit to stay safe,” he stressed.
For teachers, school staff, and their family members who need to go back for schools reopening in his constituency and Ulu Baram, he urged them to be 100 per cent sure that they are free from Covid-19 before going to their respective place of work.
“In this situation we are going through now, this applies to all Sarawakian, Peninsular Malaysian, and Sabahan teachers as well as others. Also my advice to those who want to travel from Lawas and Limbang to Miri city, as well as those who need to go to these two divisions, where the only route is through Long Lama, please refrain or temporarily stop your plans now until further notice.
“We have set up a roadblock at Long Lama to prevent this movement. If you do not have the required police permit, you will be asked to turn back.
“This will definitely cause hardship to you. Therefore, please get the necessary police permit. Please bear in mind, all these measures are needed to be done to stop the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
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