Sarawak not banning tourists, but tightens checks for Wuhan virus, says assistant minister

Ting (front, centre) with members of the media during his Chinese New Year open house in Tanjung Lobang.

MIRI: Sarawak will not ban tourist arrivals in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, but will enforce stricter checks at all entry points, says Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting.

“We will be vigilant of those coming in and out of the state. However, I do not think our state will ban any tourist coming into Sarawak (but) we will definitely be stricter on inspecting any tourist coming into the state,” he told reporters at his Chinese New Year open house at his residence in Tanjung Lobang here last Saturday.

He also said the 15-day visa exemption provided to tourists from China would not be halted, but that precautions would be intensified, including conducting screening at all entry points to prevent the spread of the virus.

As of yesterday, four Wuhan coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Peninsular Malaysia involving Chinese nationals who entered Johor from Singapore, while two Malaysians and two Chinese nationals suspected of having the virus have been placed in isolation.

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