KUALA LUMPUR APRIL 7: The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been imposed on two localities in Sarawak namely Sri Aman Prison and Staff Quarters, Sri Aman and Kampung Serpan Laut Asajaya, Samarahan Division, effective 8th until 21st April 2021due to the surge in new COVID-19 cases.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) had carried out 482 screening tests and out of which 289 had been detected with positive COVID-19 involving 279 detainees, eight prison’s staff and two family members of the staff.
“MOH confirmed that there was a surge in COVID-19 cases with high infectivity rate in the locality within seven days,” said Ismail in a statement here today.
He said, after a risk analysis was carried out with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee and with the advice of MOH, the government had agreed to impose EMCO in the Sri Aman Prison and the Staff Quarters for two weeks starting 8th April 2021.
Meanwhile, the standard operating procedure (SOP) at the prison is the same as announced before and it includes the in and out movements while family visit is not permitted.
However the EMCO imposed on Kampung Serpan Laut, Asajaya, Samarahan Division was due to five positive cases were recorded from 62 screening tests carried out at the locality.
Following a risk analysis carried out with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee the government agreed to impose
EMCO in this locality for two weeks until 21st April 2021.
The imposition of EMCO is to enable MOH to carry out the targeted screening test on the infected people and to prevent the spreading of the corona virus in the community.
Ismail said, the EMCO in Kampung Batu Gong, Siburan, Serian Sarawak that is scheduled to end on 9th April is extended for another two weeks until 23rd April 2021 due to 95 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded from 485 screen tests carried out throughout the enforcement of EMCO.
He added, MOH also confirmed that COVID-19 infection is still spreading with new cases have been detected in the community.
On another development EMCO that had been imposed on Kampung Chupak, Siburan, Serian, Sarawak had been lifted effective 9th April 2021when MOH confirmed that the remaining active cases in the locality were under control and there was no screening sample pending for results.
“To date, MOH had carried out 968 screening tests in the locality and out of which 111 positive cases had been recorded,” said Ismail.
Meanwhile EMCO had also been lifted effective 8th April involving two localities in Kota Belud Sabah namely Kampung Siasai Tamu and Kampung Lebak Moyoh.
Regarding the Task Force Compliance Operation, Ismail said, 92 individuals had been detained for not adhering to the SOP and out of which 88 had been compounded while four were remanded.
The offences committed include no physical distancing (43), inter- state/district travel without permission (21), fail to record personal particulars in MySejahtera Apps (21), not wearing mask (5) and premises operating beyond permitted time/ without permission (2). –Malaysia World News