MIRI (August 22): Frequent travelers to Limbang and Lawas districts may be required to take the Covid-19 rapid antigen test (RTK) kit test at land entry points before being allowed entry in the two districts, said the chairman of the Limbang divisional disaster management committee. Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi.
Ahmad Denney, who is also a resident of Limbang, said the idea, which is to prevent the spread of the virus in the two districts, was proposed to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during the visit of this last in Limbang on August 14.
“Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan who is also a member of the assembly of Bukit Sari and I proposed to the Chief Minister to impose this measure at the border for incoming travelers or frequent travelers such as carriers.
“This RTK test only takes 15 minutes to know the result, and by doing so, we would be able to minimize the possible spread of the virus in Limbang and Lawas districts,” he said.
He stressed that this measure is necessary, as there has been an increase in positive Covid-19 cases in Lawas over the past 14 days.
He revealed that to date (August 22), a total of 21 cases have been reported in Lawas and two cases have been registered in Limbang.
“The majority of the 21 cases reported to Lawas were imported (import B and C), while the two cases recorded in Limbang yesterday were also imported cases,” he said.
Limbang has not recorded any cases of Covid-19 since July 17 of this year until yesterday.
He also pointed out that the district disaster management committee will also intensify its surveillance at the two airports under the Limbang division, namely Limbang and Lawas airports.
“From now on, those coming from KK (Kota Kinabalu) via flights to Limbang will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine, while those traveling between neighborhoods like Miri and beyond, we will be stepping up our random checks at airports.
“We will perform a random Covid-19 test on passengers upon arrival,” Ahmad Denney said, adding that Lawas has been classified as a yellow zone, while Limbang has maintained its green zone.