Ad­her­ence key to con­tain­ment

CM: Good chance for Sarawak to stop Covid-19 out­break through MCO com­pli­ance

The Borneo Post - - Front Page - Sam Chua

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

— Pho­tos by Chi­mon Upon

Abang Jo­hari shows a graph in­di­cat­ing Covid-19 cases in the state are on a down­ward trend since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the MCO.

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