As Singaporeans flood Johor for panic-buying, exco assures state residents of adequate supply

12th February 2020 Wolfgang Holzem 0

Johor Consumerism, Human Resources and Unity Committee chairman S. Ramakrishnan advised the public to be rational as the government has assured that essential items will be sufficient. — Picture by Ben Tan
JOHOR BARU, Feb 11 — Johor residents should not allow themselves to be alarmed into panic-buying and hoarding over the Wuhan virus (2019-nCoV), said a state official commenting on Singaporeans flocking to the state after supplies began dwindling in the republic.
Johor Consumerism, Human Resources and Unity Committee chairman S. Ramakrishnan said state residents need not be concerned as the government has worked to ensure sufficient supply of essentials.
“I want to assure Malaysians, especially Johoreans, that controlled items, food and other basic items are adequate.
“We have also reached out to suppliers and manufacturers in an effort to ensure that all essential items are available,” said Ramakrishnan when contacted by Malay Mail yesterday.
Since the weekend, Singaporeans have eng..

To curb nCoV, Sarawak issues 14-day quarantine for all after visiting Singapore

11th February 2020 Wolfgang Holzem 0

A tourist wearing a protective face mask takes photos at the Merlion Park in Singapore January 28, 2020. — Reuters pic
KUCHING, Feb 10 — The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee today imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on anyone within its borders who visited Singapore recently as a preventive measure against the spread of the infectious 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the policy is with immediate effect, noting that Singapore recorded 43 cases of the nCoV as of yesterday and has raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) warning to orange — the second-highest alert level to indicate the severity of the disease and that it is being contained.
“The occurrences of the coronavirus clusters in Singapore in a church, a medical product shop and a hotel after an international conference was held were worrisome to us,” he told reporters here after chairing a meeting with health, immigration, tourism, foreign ministry, police represen..

Coronavirus: 42 travellers denied entry to Sarawak thus far

9th February 2020 Wolfgang Holzem 0

Of the total, 22 were Chinese nationals, seven from Hong Kong, six from Indonesia, four from Brunei and one each from Great Britain, Japan and Singapore. — Picture via Facebook/ Noor Hisham Abdullah
KUCHING, Feb 7 — The Sarawak Immigration Department has refused entry to a total of 42 foreigners at its visitor arrival screening points from February 1 until 7am this morning, the State Disaster Management Committee on 2019 novel coronavirus said.
In a statement today, the committee said the screenings were done at the airports in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, and Mulu, as well as the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) border checkpoints at Biawak near Lundu, Sungai Tujoh (Miri) and Mengkalap (Lawas).
“Of the total being refused entry, 22 were Chinese nationals, Hong Kong (seven), Indonesia (six), Brunei (four) and one each from Great Britain, Japan and Singapore. They were refused entry as their passports had shown that they had been to China within the last 14 days,” ..