KUALA LUMPUR APRIL 11: Eight localities in the district of Tawau, Sabah have been imposed with Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) due to COVID-19 transmission with a high infectivity rate in the localities.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the eight localities involved include Taman Sri Bukit Tawau, Taman Cahaya, Jalan Tengku Osman, Tawau Fire Quarters, Bandar Sri Indah, Jalan Mesra, Kampungan Titingan and Taman Golden Hill.
Ismail said, 76 positive COVID-19 cases and 220 close contacts have been detected in these eight localities.
“After a risk analysis was carried out with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee and with the advice of Ministry of Health (MOH), the government agreed to implement EMCO in these eight localities effective 12th until 25th April 2021,” said Ismail in a statement here today.
Ismail said, the imposition of EMCO in the localities is to control the movement of the people and to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to the community outside.
Meanwhile EMCO had also being imposed on Sungai Passin, Matu District, Mukah Division, Sarawak following 32 positive COVID-19 cases had been recorded after a screening test was carried out on 64 people in the locality.
According to MOH, there was a surge in the COVID-19 cases in the locality. After a risk analysis was carried out with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee and with the advice of MOH, the government agreed to impose EMCO for two weeks in Sungai Passin until 25th April 2021.
However, EMCO imposed on Tapah Prison, Batang Padang, Perak, and should end on 12th April is extended for another two weeks until 26th April 2021.
Ismail said, throughout the enforcement of the EMCO for two weeks until 12th April, MOH had carried out 3,572 screening tests and out of which 891 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded.
“MOH has confirmed COVID-19 is still infecting the detainees and many who have been placed at the PKRC have not been fully recovered,” said Ismail.
On another development, Ismail said, EMCO had been imposed on Kg. Belaoh, Kg. PPRT Belaoh Baru and Kg. Keruak, Mukim Hulu Besut, Besut District, Terengganu and should end on 20th April 2021.
He added, until 10th April 2021, 51 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded as a result of close contact screening tests had been carried out.
However, Ismail added, MOH had confirmed the necessity for EMCO to be extended to another two localities nearby namely Kg. Pak Sik and FELCRA Keruak. This had been the result of the movements of COVID-19 cases in these two villages to attend gathering and social activities.
“After a risk analysis was done with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee, and with the advice of MOH, the government agreed to implement EMCO in these two villages for two weeks until 20th April 2021.
“The implementation of EMCO will enable MOH to carry out targeted screening test on the people and to control the transmission of COVID-19 infections,” said Ismail.
Regarding the Task Force Compliance Operation, Ismail said, 208 individuals were detained and out of which 199 had been compounded while nine remanded for not adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) of MCO.
Among the non-compliances committed include activities in the entertainment centres (112), failing to provide tools to record personal particulars/customer (27), not wearing mask (16) and others (53)-Malaysia World News