No quarantine for Malaysians arriving in Sarawak except going to rural districts

Wristbands will be provided for Malaysians arriving in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri from Saturday.

KUCHING: All Malaysians arriving in Sarawak from the peninsula, Labuan and Sabah from Saturday will not be quarantined at designated centres but will be given wristbands instead.

However, they will be required to go for Covid-19 testing at the nearest health clinic on the first or second day after their arrival, the state disaster management committee said.

Its chairman, Douglas Uggah Embas, told a press conference today that only those whose final destinations were outside Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri would have to undergo quarantine.

“Covid-19 tests will be done on the second day after their arrival. They will only be allowed home if their results are negative,” he said.

It was announced earlier that all Malaysians arriving in the state would be quarantined at designated centres and tested for Covid-19.

Uggah also said business operating hours in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian would be limited to between 6am and 10pm. However, petrol stations and factories were exempted

“Petrol stations and factories are allowed to operate as usual but their operators must inform the committee,” he said.

Earlier, Uggah said no Covid-19 positive cases were reported in Sarawak today, with the number of positive cases remaining at 677.

The number of deaths remains at 19.