Monday, July 13

Coronavirus: No need for self-home quarantine for S’wakians, visitors coming in or on transit from Singapore


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KUCHING: Sarawakians and all visitors who are coming in or on transit from Singapore to Sarawak do not have to undergo self-home quarantine, said the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN).

The committee however, strongly advised them to adhere to the precautionary measures guidelines stipulated by the Sarawak Health Department.

This was the latest guideline issued by JPBN in a statement today in light of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation.

It was initially set that those who are coming in to Sarawak from Singapore must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine at home.

JPBN also stressed that the Sarawak Health Department Precautionary Measure Guidelines strongly advised the public who has been exposed to 2019-nCoV infected areas to remain at home and minimise their times spent in public places; to remain vigilant and practise good personal hygiene such as washing their hands regularly and avoid touching their face; and to avoid shaking hands or physical contact with others and consider adopting alternative greetings.

“Visitors (including Sarawakians) who fall sick during their visit must seek immediate medical treatment from designated government hospitals.

“These hospitals can be reach at their hotlines: 082-443248 (Crisis Preparedness and Response Center, Sarawak), 082-276666 (Kuching Hospital), 085-420033 (Miri Hospital), 086-255899 (Bintulu Hospital) and 084-343333 (Sibu Hospital),” it said.

JPBN strongly advises the public to avoid visiting Coronavirus affected countries unless absolutely necessary.

“Those who are visiting these areas are to practice strict good personal hygiene and avoid crowded places,” it stressed.