Extension of RMCO until 31st March 2021 except Selangor, KL and Sabah –Minister

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PUTRAJAYA JAN.1: The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) that was imposed on the whole country on 10th June 2020 is now extended from 1st Jan. until 31st March.2021 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the rise in infectivity rates nationwide.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the RMCO is extended except in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah including certain localities that are placed under the Conditional MCO (CMCO) or Enhanced MCO (EMCO).

Ismail said, the implementation of the compulsory screen tests on foreign workers that are being carried out on massive scale is among the cause for the surge in COVID-19 cases in several states.

“The surge in COVID-19 cases is also due to the spreading of the corona virus in the community especially in Klang Valley and several other states.

“In relation to that, all standard operation procedure (SOP) under RMCO will be applied within the period of its enforcement that had been gazetted and subject to the changes that will be announced from time to time,” he said in a statement here today.

Meantime, tourism activities will be based on the earlier decision of the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture (MOTAC) but with strict SOPs.
On another development, EMCO had been imposed on the Kejora Juara Workers’ Hostel , Bukit Pasir ,Muar Johor after 212 new COVID-19 cases had been detected following 338 individuals were screened tested until 31st Dec.2020.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said, the EMCO will start on 2nd Jan. until 15th Jan. 2021 involving 17 blocks of building where 1,828 foreign workers are being placed.

EMCO is also being imposed on Westlite Workers’ Hostel 1 and Westlite 2, Senai, Johor due to the increase in COVID-19 new cases in the locality.

“With the risk analysis and advice of MOH, EMCO will start on 2nd Jan. until 15th Jan.2021 affecting two blocks of building at the Westlite Workers’ Hostel 1 and five blocks of building at the Westlite Workers’ Hostel 2 that places 4,444 foreign workers,” Ismail said.

However, the government has lifted the EMCO on 1st Jan.2021 at Ria Apartment, Jalan Genting, Bentong earlier than the scheduled date on 6th Jan.2021.

Ismail said, screen tests had been carried out on 1,042 individuals out of which only two were detected with COVID-19 until 1st.Jan.2021.
“On the risk analysis and advice from MOH, the EMCO at the locality will be lifted today that is earlier than the scheduled date,” he said. –Malaysia World News

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