KUALA LUMPUT APR.14: The government has imposed the Movement Control Order (MCO) on seven districts in Kelantan effective 16th until 29th April 2021 following the surge in new COVID-19 cases with high infectivity rate in the localities for the past two weeks.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob said, the seven districts involved are Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Bachok, Machang,Tumpat and Tanah Merah.
Ismail said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that the increase in COVID-19 cases in Kelantan has reached 30.5% within 14 days that is from 756 to 1,088 cases in the seven districts located in the red zones.
“Nine new clusters had been formed within 14 days with high infectivity rate in the community,” Ismail said in a statement here today.
The implementation of MCO said Ismail is to ensure that the movements of the people in the localities could be controlled besides preventing the infections from spreading to other areas.
Ismail also highlighted the standard operating procedure (SOP) in the MCO areas are as follows:- Roadblocks will be carried out in all districts and state borders; all economic and businesses that have been approved by the ministry/related agency are permitted to operate during MCO; the implementation of MCO in the districts affected will be following the general SOP of MCO that has been updated on 26th February 2021. For more details the National Security Council (NSC) website could be referred.
On another development, Ismail said, Enhanced MCO (EMCO) has been imposed on Kampung Tanjung Batu Keramat, Kota Belud, Sabah following 17 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded from 25 screening tests carried out by MOH in the locality.
“MOH had also confirmed that there was an increase in infections with high infectivity rate in the locality besides four test samples were pending for the results.
“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 in the locality for two weeks effective 15th until 28th April 2021,”said Ismail.
He added, the EMCO imposed will enable MOH to carry out early detection on the COVID-19 suspects apart from close contacts so that they could be separated the soonest possible and to prevent the infections from spreading from the risky areas to the locality outside.
EMCO is also imposed on Ladang Leepang, Ladang Laukin, Kampung Inoi in Muadzam Shah, Rompin, Pahang effective 15th until 28th April 2021following 25 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded from 39 screening tests carried out.
Ismail added, MOH had confirmed that the COVID-19 cases had increased drastically within one week with a high infectivity rate in the three localities.
Meanwhile the government had lifted the EMCO imposed on Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman, Rompin, Pahang on 15th April 2021 instead of 20th April as scheduled due to only eight last cases were recorded on 3th April 2021 while all samples were taken and the contacts had been identified and isolated.
On another development, MOH has given the authority to City Mayor, Head of Local Authorities and Enforcement Officer of the Local Authority Grade 19 to issue compound to any offences committed under 342 Act including non-compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) at the Ramadan bazaars.
Ismail added, this is following many reports received by the NSC on the SOP non-compliances at the Ramadan bazaars and several localities in Malaysia. –Malaysia World News