PUTRAJAYA JULY 15: Malaysia has recorded 13,215 new COVID-19 cases today being the highest since the pandemic started early 2020 with Selangor contributing 6,120 cases the highest of all states followed by Negeri Sembilan (1,603) and Kuala Lumpur (1,499).
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM)/Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the surge in COVID-19 cases is due to the massive targeted screening tests that had been carried out in the three states under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
Ismail said, yesterday 134,569 individuals had been screen tested and out of which 50,646 individuals were in Selangor with 6,120 had been detected with positive COVID-19.
“The increase in positive COVID-19 trend does not only happen in Malaysia but also in the neighbouring countries such as Indonesia with 56,757 positive cases today while Thailand has recorded 9,186 cases,” Ismail said in a statement here today.
Meanwhile the European countries are also struggling to fight against the increase in COVID-19 such as United Kingdom with 42,302 while Russia with 23,293 cases.
On another development, the National Security Council (MKN) in a special meeting held today has agreed to allow the computer and telecommunication shops, book and stationery shops to operate throughout the National Recovery Plan (NRP) enforcement effective July 16, 2021.
“The permission is granted after taking into consideration the feedback from students, parents and teachers and to ensure teachers and students could be able to carry out the Teaching and Learning from Home (PdPR) system smoothly.
“The MKN meeting also agreed to allow students in EMCO areas to travel or to go to another EMCO area for the purpose of taking examinations including professional level provided they get permission from the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM),” Ismail added.
Ismail also highlighted that the Task Force Compliance Operation team had carried out 80,339 checking and snap check COVID-19 nationwide involving 19,029 personnel.
“The checking was carried out on 2,246 factories, 15,682 business premises, 924 construction sites and 326 workers’ hostels and from that 180 premises involving factories, business premises and construction sites have been directed to close down for failing to comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government,” Ismail said.
According to Ismail, the government has agreed to impose EMCO on six localities involving Sabah and Perak effective 17th until 30th July 2021.
He added, the localities in Sabah under EMCO include Kampung Perpaduan Gumpa, Kudat, Sabah Forest Housing Industry (SFI) Sipitang, Tawau Prison and Prison Quarters Taman Ehsan, Tawau while the localities in Perak are Tropicana Bukit Merah Apartment, Kampung Tersusun Pondok Tanjung and Kampung Binjai.
Ismail added, the SOP for the EMCO areas are the same as announced before and further details could be accessed on MKN website at www.mkn.gov.my. –Malaysia World News