Sarawak on high alert for Covid-19 as many expected to return after Sabah polls

Douglas Uggah Embas says it is necessary to form a ‘protective shield’ around Sarawak to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas today said Sarawak is on high alert to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after the Sabah election as many are expected to return home from the neighbouring state next week.

He said Sabah is now a red zone with an alarming number of new Covid-19 cases and recent reports have indicated that those returning from Sabah have tested positive for the virus.

“Yesterday, about 500 policemen from the state were sent to Sabah to strengthen security and some local senior politicians are campaigning there as well,” he said in a statement.

“Besides, we also have Sabahans going home to cast their votes and then returning here.”

Douglas Uggah Embas

He said it was, therefore, necessary to form a “protective shield” around Sarawak to prevent an outbreak.

Uggah, also the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman, said although the state had recorded zero cases over the last few days, it did not mean it was safe.

“We have a few new requirements for those returning from Sabah, including Sarawakians. They must undergo a 14-day home quarantine and get tested on the second and 10th day.”

He said although this would be inconvenient or difficult for those concerned, everyone must comply with the SOPs.

“We have to be firm as it is a very difficult time and situation,” he added.