Adherence key to containment
CM: Good chance for Sarawak to stop Covid-19 outbreak through MCO compliance
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said there is a good possibility that Sarawakians can contain the Covid-19 outbreak if they adhere strictly to the Movement Control Order (MCO), which has been extended until April 14 this year.
He told a press conference yesterday that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has stabilised since the implementation of the MCO last Wednesday, adding he believed that Sarawak can reduce the number of cases to zero in the next few weeks.
“Since the implementation of the MCO on March 18, 2020 till today, the trend of Covid-19 transmission (positive cases) in Sarawak has been stabilised, and therefore I appeal to all Sarawakians to continue to abide by the MCO and stay at home,” he said.
Abang Johari said Sarawak benefi ed from being separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the South China Sea in stopping the chain of Covid-19 infections.
On the rollout of the ‘Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid Package’, he said the state government will review from time to time the economic impact of the MCO and facilitate in bringing back normality to people’s lives.
“We shall monitor closely the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the ordinary people and we shall also monitor the roll-out of the various economic initiatives,” he said.
He gave the same reply when asked on how those at the frontline, including medical personnel and immigration officers, could apply for special assistance listed in the aid package.
The chief minister also informed that two subcommi have been formed in order to be er address the Covid19 outbreak in the state.
He said the two subcommi are the Food Supply
Chain Sub-Commi ee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, and the Security Sub-Commi ee under Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing.
He said the decision to form the sub-commi ees was arrived at during a State Security Meeting held earlier in the morning.
On border control, Abang Johari said the state will tighten security and monitor all entries from neighbouring countries to prevent any Covid-19 import cases.
Since the implementation of the MCO on March 18, 2020 till today, the trend of Covid19 transmission (positive cases) in Sarawak has been stabilised, and therefore I appeal to all Sarawakians to continue to abide by the MCO and stay at home.
Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg
Abang Johari shows a graph indicating Covid-19 cases in the state are on a downward trend since the implementation of the MCO.