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‘Incoming boat passengers must be screened for Covid-19’
Tarikh : 21 Mar 2020  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post Online

Incoming passengers at Kapit Express Terminal have their particulars recorded.

KAPIT: The authorities yesterday set up a counter to carry out Covid-19 screening of passengers arriving into Kapit by express boats.

The screening was handled by personnel from the Health Department, assisted by Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) staff, at Kapit Express Terminal.

SRB Kapit officer-in-charge Jerry Lenggir John Andrew in a statement said the measure was part of the nationwide movement control order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“Kapit Express Terminal is the main gateway to and from Kapit. Every day, hundreds of passengers arrive here.

“All passengers coming to Kapit from Sibu, Song, Baleh and Belaga are required to undergo health screening and fill in the travel data. This is necessary to ensure they are healthy and to track their movement,” he said.

Incoming express boat passengers lauded the move, saying it was necessary to protect the people against the possible spread of the disease.

“I thank the health workers for doing a good job in screening all passengers coming into Kapit. We have to take precautions against this disease spreading to longhouse folk in the interior, as it would be very difficult for them to seek treatment at health clinics or hospitals,” said Tuai Rumah Robin Bangkong from Sungai Mujong, Baleh.

Robin was one of the express boat passengers who arrived in Kapit yesterday. He had been in Miri to visit his children before travelling to Sibu, where he boarded the 7.30am express boat and arrived here about three hours later.

Meanwhile, Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit when contacted called on the Health Department to work with the police and Road Transport Department to conduct screening of travellers arriving into Kapit via the Kapit-Song road.