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Public bus services in S’kan suspended for two weeks

6th October, 2020

SANDAKAN: Public bus services here will be temporarily suspended for 14 days staring Tuesday after several drivers tested positive for COVID-19.

Announcing this yesterday, Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) chairman Dato’ Chin Kim Hiun said this was recommended by the Sandakan health office yesterday to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

He said 150 minibus drivers took the COVID-19 test conducted by the health office at the Sandakan Community Centre yesterday and few of them tested positive.

Chin said the temporary suspension of services until Oct 20 was to prevent the spread of the disease as well as to enable immediate cleaning and disinfection of the vehicles and facilities.

“Minibus users in the district should rely on other public transportation modes during this period,” he added.

Chin also warned public transport drivers and passengers that they would action under Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, Police Act 1967 and Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 if they flout the Standard Operating Procedures SOPs) issued by the government.

Meanwhile, the Sandakan health office has advised bus drivers and those who had been in close contact with them to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

And, they are also required to notify the health office’s operations room if they have symptoms like fever, cough, flu and shortness of breath.

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