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These visitors need not take Covid-19 tests upon entry
Published on: Thursday, July 02, 2020
By: Larry Ralon
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Kota Kinabalu: All holders of passes issued by Malaysian Immigration Department and their family members in the peninsula, Sarawak and Labuan are now allowed to enter Sabah for the purpose of vacation without the need to go through Covid-19 swab test and quarantine. 

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said they are, however, required to fill up the Health Declaration Form and comply with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the State Health Department (JKNS). 

He said the State Government has also allowed the entry of all foreign workers from China via air, land and sea  but they are required to do Covid-19 swab test at the place they are coming from within three days and confirmed free of Covid-19 before leaving for Sabah. This approval is also subject to compliance to the SOP of the State Health Department, State Immigration Department regulations and other relevant authorities which currently being enforced.

“The safety and welfare of the people of Sabah is always the State Government’s top priority,” he stressed during a press conference held after he received a Covid-19 contribution from various organisations at the State Administrative Centre (PPNS) here Wednesday.  Mohd Shafie also announced all child nurseries registered under the Welfare Services Department in Sabah are allowed to resume operations July 1. 

However, approval given is subject to compliance to the SOP of the Health Ministry, the local authority and other relevant authorities. 

Mohd Shafie also said the State Government would continue to ensure students at all 221 government secondary schools and 15 private secondary schools, which have Form Five and Form Six in Sabah and have resumed classes, continue to comply with the set SOP. 

On the flood, he said the State Government with assistance from the Meteorological Department will continue to monitor the weather and assist victims as well as assess and repair the damage caused. 

 The flood affected 395 families in 135 villages mostly in the West Coast and Interior districts, and the Natural Disaster Committees of the affected districts have been activated and ready for any eventuality. 

Mohd Shafie also thanked contributions from KTS Group, EZYTAP Sdn Bhd, Want Want Group and Aeezanie Enterprise, while also pleased that Sabah has managed to treat and reduce the number of its Covid-19 patients to only 10 active Covid-19 cases (number of patients still receiving treatment at the designated hospitals).   


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