SARAWAK DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEDIA STATEMENT 16TH MARCH 2020
STATUS UPDATE & CONTROL MEASURES
In the last 3 days, Sarawak has recorded 34 positive cases of COVID-19. Twenty- nine (29) are “imported” cases. As such, the state government has come up with the following control measures to prevent further escalation of COVID-19:
- All visitors (foreign and domestic) coming into Sarawak and returning Sarawakians, will be issued with a 14-day, Stay Home Notice (SHN). This includes Sarawak residents, long term and short-term pass holders. This will take into effect on 18th of March 2020. The relevant agencies will monitor the Stay Home Notice holders through random visits, phone calls and modern technology applications.
- Exemptions shall only be given by the State Health Department to those who are required to travel under special circumstances (official and business duties).
- All Sarawak government official functions, involving more than 50 persons, are to be cancelled or postponed or until further notice.
- Any public functions, involving more than 50 persons are strongly advised to be postponed or cancelled until further notice.
- All Tabika, Taska and Sekolah Tahfiz in Sarawak, are instructed to close for two (2) weeks, effective tomorrow, 17th March 2020.
- Institutions of Higher Education, both government and private, are to defer their new academic session by two (2) weeks, effective tomorrow, 17th March 2020.
- All schools are advised to extend their school holidays for another week (till the 29th March 2020).
- All public sports facilities including swimming pools, stadiums and gymnasium are to be closed effective tomorrow, 17th March 2020 until further notice.
- Everyone is advised to practice the highest standard of personal hygiene and to strictly practice social distancing.
FAKE NEWS/UNVERIFIED INFORMATION
Meanwhile, the committee is advising the public to stop spreading fake or unverified news on the social media/social messenger platforms. The Police and MCMC will not hesitate to act against those found responsible for doing so. All suspects will be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998, which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
Date: 16th March 2020.