KUCHING: All schools in Covid-19 red zones in Sarawak will be closed for two weeks starting April 20 to protect students and the community as such areas are experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“We notice that there have been outbreaks in some schools. Students can infect their parents or vice-versa and there are also cases of teachers getting infected.
“So the state government has decided to close all schools in red zones for 14 days,” he told the media a press conference here today.
The Star reported on Sunday (April 18) the Miri divisional disaster management committee recommended the closure of schools in Miri, Subis and Beluru districts as 13% of their cumulative 3,253 Covid-19 cases were of school-going age. Clusters involving schools in Tatau, Sibu and Selangau were also detected in recent days.
18 districts in Sarawak are categorised as red zones including Belaga, Kanowit, Selangau, Saratok, Subis, Matu, Mukah, Sarikei, Beluru, Samarahan, Serian, Julau, Meradong, Kuching, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Sibu.
Abang Johari also said that inter-district travel was a main contributor to the current spread of Covid-19 in the state, as such the police and other enforcement agencies were instructed to tighten inter-district travel controls from today on.
“Therefore, starting today, only essential services are allowed to cross zones with the permission of the police,” he said.