Call to defer travel between Sarawak, Brunei

Azlan Othman

The Sarawak National Disaster Management Committee said all non-essential travels to Brunei Darussalam, Sabah and West Malaysia should be postponed while visitors from Brunei Darussalam, Sabah and West Malaysia are also advised to postpone or defer their travels to Sarawak.

The committee issued guidelines following three positive COVID-19 cases detected in Sarawak on Thursday including postponing government and public gatherings involving more than 250 participants, Malaysian newspapers reported.

Sarawak National Disaster Management Committee Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said in a statement that the two identified with COVID-19 belonged to the cluster attending the religious gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur from February 28 to March 1 while the third case is a family member. The three cases were recorded in Kuching.

The committee assured that the Sarawak Health Department is ready to face eventualities arising from COVID-19 at Sarawak General Hospital, Sibu Hospital, Bintulu and Miri hospitals.

Quarantine centres set up in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri are ready to operate.

Housing and Local Government Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said 235 people who attended the religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur have been tracked down, adding that the State Health Department was searching for another 200 people.