Students From China Are Banned From Going Back To School In Sarawak Until Further Notice

The initiative is part of the government's latest efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

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Sarawak has imposed an immediate ban on students from China who are studying in the state in its latest directive to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The order will be effective until further notice, the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) said in a statement yesterday, 29 January, according to The Borneo Post.

Similarly, the committee is advising people who have just returned from China to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days to stem the spread of the virus which had originated from Wuhan

JPBN pointed out that it has directed the Sarawak Immigration Department to take the lead in monitoring all entry and exit points into the state.

According to theSundaily, effective Monday, 27 January, all visitors entering Sarawak either by air, land, or sea are required to declare their status of health upon arrival.

"The completed form needs to be submitted to the Immigration officers and will also be examined by medical officers at the counters," said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at a news conference after chairing a meeting on the efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus infection.

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The aggressive measures come as the Wuhan coronavirus claims more lives in China

CNA reported the Chinese government as saying that the nationwide death toll has risen to 170, with more than 1,700 new infections confirmed as of today, 30 January.

The reported 38 new deaths marked the biggest single-day jump yet while a massive containment effort is underway to effectively lock down the tens of millions of people in Hubei province.

A nearly-deserted expressway in Wuhan city, as seen on 24 January.

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Hubei's province-wide lockdown has left its capital city a 'ghost town':

Meanwhile, the government is working to evacuate 78 Malaysians who are currently stuck in Wuhan:

Here are more recent updates on the coronavirus outbreak: