Sarawak to go under partial lockdown from Monday

Sarawak will be placed under a partial lockdown for two weeks from Monday, following a spike in Covid-19 cases. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 16, 2021.

THE Sarawak government has decided to implement the conditional movement-control order (CMCO) throughout the state for 14 days from Monday to January 31.

Sarawak disaster management committee chairman Douglas Uggah Embas said the decision was made following the increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the state over the past few days.

He said the CMCO directive applies to all parts of Sarawak except Sibu, which is currently under MCO from today until January 29.

“The standard operating procedure (SOP) for the CMCO will be disclosed to the public tomorrow,” he said at the daily Covid-19 press conference in Kuching today.

Previously, Sarawak was placed under the recovery MCO.

Today, Sarawak recorded 69 new cases, bringing the total infections in the state to 2,049.

Meanwhile, Uggah, who is also deputy chief minister I, said the operations of educational institutions under the Education Ministry in MCO and CMCO areas in Sarawak will be coordinated according to the ministry’s previous announcement.

He said for schools in MCO and CMCO areas, face-to-face school sessions would only involve students who are sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, Malaysian Vocational Certificate, Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia, Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia, Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia and Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) for 2020 and 2021 as well as equivalent international examinations.

“Pupils in full or semi-boarding schools who will sit for examinations are allowed to return to the hostel starting today in line with the ministry’s previous announcement,” he said.

Uggah said all primary school pupils, including those in pre-school and those from Form 1 to 4 in secondary schools in MCO and CMCO areas, will undergo online learnin, according to the suitability of teachers and students from January 20. 

He said this ruling also applies to semester 2 SVM and semester 2 DVM students (2020 intake) at Sarawak Vocational College. – Bernama, January 16, 2021.

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