Saturday, July 11

Good chance for Sarawak to stop Covid-19 outbreak through MCO compliance, says Abang Johari


Abang Johari showing a graph on the Covid-19 transmission trend during a press conference today. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today said there is a good possibility that Sarawakians can contain the Covid-19 outbreak if they adhered strictly to the Movement Control Order (MCO), which has been extended until April 14 this year.

He told a press conference today that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have stabilised since the implementation of the MCO last Wednesday and he believed that Sarawak can reduce cases to zero in another few weeks.

“Since the implementation of the MCO on 18th March 2020 till today, the trend of Covid-19 transmission (positive cases) in Sarawak has been stabilised, and therefore I appeal to all Sarawakians to continue to abide by the MCO and stay at home,” he said.

Abang Johari said the Sarawak benefited from the advantage in stopping the chain of Covid-19 infection as the state is separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the South China Sea.

On the implementation of “Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Package”, Abang Johari said the state government will review economic impact of MCO from time to time and facilitate in bringing back normality to the people’s life.

“We shall monitor closely the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the ordinary people and we shall also monitor the roll-out of the various economic initiatives.”

Abang Johari had on Monday announced the “Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid Package” worth more than RM1.15 billion to help Sarawakians face the economic uncertainties due to Covid-19 outbreak.