SDMC: Heavy restrictions on movement to green zones in Sarawak, roadblocks to be put in place

Policemen manning a roadblock in Kuching during the MCO period. Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (Jan 22): Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has decided to tighten movement in and out of districts which are still green zones or without any recorded Covid-19 cases.

Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has been instructed to establish roadblocks at the border of these green zones to curb the spread of Covid-19 from other districts.

At present, 15 districts in Sarawak are classified as green zones namely Lawas, Lundu, Bau, Tanjung Manis, Tebedu, Mukah, Matu, Saratok, Pusa, Kabong, Tatau, Dato, Song, Marudi and Telang Usan.

According to the Ministry of Health’s classifications, districts with more than 40 cases in a two-week period are classified as red zones, 21 to 40 cases as orange zones, one to 20 cases as yellow zones and those with no cases as green zones.

“Our aim is to ensure all these 15 areas remain as green zones, and for the yellow zones to turn green, orange zones turning to green and red zones also turn to green.

“Therefore, we will restrict movement (to those zones),” he said at the daily Covid-19 update today.

Uggah, who is also deputy chief minister, advised the public to stay at home or remain in their respective districts if they have no important business to attend to outside their districts.

“We have one case who attend a marriage in Miri but working in the interiors in Baram and tested positive for the virus. We want to prevent (more of) this,” he said.

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