7 Covid-19 hotspots in Sarawak detected thus far – Abang Johari

Posted on : 21 Mar 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post
 

Abang Johari (right) speaking to reporters as Uggah (left), wearing a face mask, looks on. Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has identified seven Covid-19 hotspots in the state to date.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today told a press conference that the seven hotspots are Kuching, Serian, Betong, Sarikei, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

“I would like to appeal to the general public to abide strictly to the movement control order (MCO).

“Public cooperation is vital otherwise the infection will get out of control. The public needs to follow the advice of the authorities. Just stay at home,” he told reporters after chairing a State Disaster Management Committee meeting at Wisma Bapa Malaysia this morning.

Abang Johari said the public should not underestimate the severity and the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic that is happening in the state, reiterating that the MCO must be obeyed at all times.

“The MCO is an exercise to flatten the infection curve of the virus which will burden the community, the state and the country’s resources, and affect the health and safety of every individual, if not checked,” he said.

Yesterday, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced that the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) will assist the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in carrying out digital mapping to identify Covid-19 hotspots in the state.

He told a press conference that through digital mapping, the committee would be given a clearer picture on the whereabouts of a patient and help with locating people who might have had contact with the patient.

As of yesterday (March 20), the state recorded seven new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 58 since March 13.

Uggah said all seven patients of the new cases are from Kuching and are currently being quarantined at Sarawak General Hospital.

“From the seven new cases, four cases are from the cluster that attended a religious gathering in Sri Petaling Mosque, two cases from attending a church event and one case is still under investigation,” said Uggah.

Out of a total 714 person-under-investigation (PUI) cases to date, the deputy chief minister said that 58 cases were identified as positive with Covid-19.