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KUCHING: Sarawak students staying in campuses at their respective higher learning institutes (IPT) are urged to buckle up and remain at their respective varsities.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said this was the decision by the federal government following a Special Cabinet Committee meeting which was also based on the advice of the Health Ministry.

“It was decided that the students are not allowed to return home as the Health Ministry is concerned about the scale of the movement that is about to take place.

“As of now, there are about 80,000 students who are staying in their campuses. The concern now is that while there are no infection cases in the varsities, it is feared any movements by these students can cause further transmissions.

“What we don’t want are unwanted transmissions of the virus to their villages.

“All of the sudden, a Covid-19 free village is being infected by the virus when there are movements,” he told SarawakFM in a radio interview yesterday.

Fadillah, who is patron of the Sarawak Volunteers, added that currently, there were 17,734 Sarawakian students staying at their universities.

He pointed out that transporting the students across the South China Sea might be an issue due to the cancellation of many flights to and from Sarawak.

“Let us break the Covid-19 infection chain first; the health, wellbeing and lives of the students are our utmost priority.”

Fadillah also urged parents not to worry about the wellbeing of their children.

“They are being fed and taken care of,” he assured.

He said if the students had problems or needed help, they could contact Sarawak Volunteers and Rumah Sarawak in Kuala Lumpur.

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