EMCO imposed in 2 localities in Johor, 1 in Negeri Sembilan to stop COVID-19 from spreading

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KUALA LUMPUR DEC.27: The government had imposed the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in two localities in Johor and one in Negeri Sembilan to control the spreading of COVID-19 in the related community.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, one of the localities involved is the Correctional Centre, Johor Bahru and staff quarters, Batu 19 Jalan Ulu Choh-Pontian, Johor Bharu where EMCO starts from 28th Dec until 10th January 2021.

The EMCO involves 937 detainees, 322 staffs and 128 family members living in the quarters affecting 102 units of houses.

“The EMCO is to stop the spreading of COVID-19 among the detainees, officers and staffs working at the Correctional Centre and to ensure the corona virus will not spread to other detention centres,” said Ismail in a statement here today.

Earlier Ismail said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) had confirmed that eight positive COVID-19 cases were recorded within eight days from 16th until 23rd Dec.2020.

He added, the cases were detected when detainees were present at the court proceedings in other district. There were 685 individuals including detainees and the staffs of the centre that had been exposed to the eight positive cases.

Meanwhile the EMCO imposed in Dewan Arena Segitiga, Lot 19094, Desa Sejahtera, Mukim Kota Tinggi, Johor will start on 28th Dec.2020 until 10th Jan.2021.

Ismail said, MOH had detected an increase in COVID-19 cases among the detainees in the lock up at the District Police Headquarters in Kota Tinggi.

“Until today, 171 screen tests had been implemented and out of which 125 positive COVID-19 cases had been detected among the detainees in the lock up.

“From the risk analysis and advice of MOH, EMCO should be imposed in the locality to place all the detainees with positive COVID-19 from the District Police Headquarters Kota Tinggi effective from 28th Dec.2020,” Ismail added.

EMCO is also being imposed in the Jelebu Prison and Jelebu Prison Staff’s Quarters, Negeri Sembilan from 28th Dec. until 10th Jan.2021following 307 positive COVID-19 cases were detected out of which 305 had affected the detainees while the other two were infecting Case Warders.

Ismail said, until 22nd. Dec.2020, 1,086 screen tests have been conducted and the EMCO is imposed to enable MOH to carry out targeted screening on all detainees, staffs and the close contacts of those involved and to stop the corona virus from spreading into the community.

On another development, EMCO had been lifted at the Flat Persiaran Paya Terubong, Relau, Mukim 13, Penang effective today (27th Dec. 2020) as MOH had confirmed COVID-19 was in a declining trend and there was no more sample waiting for result.

Ismail added, MOH had conducted 5,585 screenings on the occupants following the blocks in the locality and 113 positive COVID-19 had been detected.

Regarding the non compliance in the standard operation procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) Ismail said, the police had detained 456 individuals out of which 421 had been compounded while 34were remanded and one on bail.

Ismail said, among the non-compliances committed include activities in the entertainment centre (170), fail to adhere to physical distancing (167), fail to provide customer’s particulars record (67) not wearing face mask (45) and others (7).-Malaysia World News

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