KUALA LUMPUR FEB.26: The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that had been imposed on Sarawak will be extended from 2nd until 15 March 2021due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in the whole state.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaaakob said, the CMCO that was scheduled to end on 1st March 2021 had to be extended due to 2,623 COVID-19 cases were recorded within 14 days from 12th until 25th February 2021.
“Based on the risk analysis that was carried out by Ministry of Health (MoH) with several agencies in the Technical Committee of MCO, the government had agreed to extend CMCO in Sarawak,” said Ismail in a statement here today.
Ismail added, the government had also agreed to impose Enhanced MCO (EMCO) on Sentosa, Sibu District, Sarawak from 27th February until 12th March 2021 following 59 COVID-19 cases had been recorded today at the East Sentosa, Phase 2, Sibu Sarawak.
According to MoH, not only there was a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases in this locality but its infectivity rate was high too.
The implementation of the EMCO will enable MoH to carry out targeted screening on almost 2,500 people and to stop the infections from spreading into the community.
Meanwhile EMCO is also imposed on Kampung Sinsingon and Kampung Lotong, Nabawan, Sabah effective 27th February until 12th March 2021due to 42 new COVID-19 cases had been recorded in these two localities until today.
Ismail said, with the advice of MoH and the risk analysis carried out with several agencies in the Technical Committee of MCO, the government had agreed to implement EMCO to enable targeted screening to be carried out among the people and to stop the corona virus from spreading into the community.
Among the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the EMCO includes, the people in the affected areas are not allowed to go out of their houses; all worship places and schools will be closed throughout EMCO; all economic sectors are not permitted to operate; contribution assistance by the NGO during the EMCO should go through the Disaster Management Committee, Sibu Division ; delivery of food supply assistance will be synchronised with the Disaster Management Committee, Sibu Division; social activities, recreation and culture are not permitted.
On another development, Ismail said, the EMCO imposed on the Moral Correctional Centre (PPA) and Staff Quarters, Batu Gajah, Kinta, Perak has been extended effective 28th Feb. until 13th March 2021.
“The EMCO that had been scheduled to end on 27th Feb.2021was extended due to 433 positive cases were detected from 761 screening tests carried out by MoH.
“MoH had also confirmed that the increase in the cases had affected the detainees at the PPA when 13 new cases were recorded on 25th February 2021,” said Ismail.
Regarding the compulsory screening tests on foreign workers, Ismail said, 15,409 foreigners had been screen tested yesterday and out of which 19 had been detected with positive COVID-19.
The Ministry of Human Resources informed that 506,893 foreign workers had been screen tested on COVID-19 involving 26,231 employers.
“From the total, 8,548 people had been detected with positive COVID-19 while 498,345 were negative. Until today, 1,489 clinics are involved with the screening programmes,” said Ismail.-Malaysia World News