The Ministry of Health (MOH) is considering placing certain areas of Sarawak under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) if the number of COVID-19 cases there continues to increase. This was revealed by director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during his press conference today on 23 July.
He told reporters that eight of the 19 active clusters in Malaysia are located in the state, and noted that the MOH is still able to control the spread of the disease. “So far, we have things under good control, but if necessary, we will implement EMCO in the areas concerned, namely in the localities or target groups that have been identified,” he said.
The eight active clusters in Sarawak are Sentosa, Stutong, Kuching Engineering, Mambong, Jupiter, Kuching Medical Centre, Kuching Jetty and Melbourne PUI. “We have taken action by sending the MOH team to the field, and we will strengthen and increase contact tracing to detect positive cases,” he added.
Dr Noor Hisham said that MOH would continue to conduct contact tracing to find individuals who were exposed to positive cases. Those who are tested positive in the swab test would be hospitalised, while the others would be placed under quarantine.