KUALA LUMPUR APR.30: The government has imposed the Movement Control Order (MCO) on five districts in Kedah namely Kota Setar, Kuala Muda, Bandar Baharu, Baling and Kulim following the spreading of COVID-19 cases involving several clusters in the localities.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, within 14 days until 29th April 2021, 709 active cases have been recorded in the five districts.
“After a risk analysis was carried out with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee and with the advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH), the government agreed to impose MCO effective 1st May until 14th May 2021 on these districts,” Ismail said in a press statement here today.
The implementation of the MCO said Ismail, is to stop the COVID-19 from the high risk areas to be transmitted to other places and at the same time the public health capacity including the laboratory and hospitals in Kedah have also increased.
In another development three localities including two in Sabah and one in Sarawak have been imposed with Enhanced MCO (EMCO) due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
Ismail added, the two localities in Sabah include Kampung Skim Cocos, Kunak and National Secondary School Madai, Kunak while in Sarawak involving Kampung Sagah, Jalan Sungai Tengah Matang, Kuching.
“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 on these localities effective 1May until 14 May 2021,” Ismail added.
The implementation of the EMCO is to enable early control action on COVID-19 could be carried out fast and effectively and to stop the corona virus from spreading in the village and to the outside community.
However, the EMCO imposed on the Science Secondary School, Machang, Kelantan that is scheduled to end 1st May 2021 will be extended for another two weeks effective 1st May until 14th May 2021 due to the infectivity rate in the locality is still high with 67 had been detected with positive COVID-19 out of 596 screening tests.
Meanwhile the EMCO imposed on two localities in Sarawak including in Taman Mesra Bako, Kuching and Kampung Tengah, Betong with three residential areas in Tawau Sabah consisting of Taman Hilltop, Taman Bukit Bintang and Taman Berkley have been lifted effective 1st May 2021 as scheduled.
The Senior Minister said, MOH has confirmed that the COVID-19 cases in these localities have been on a decreasing trend while the cluster is under control with all positive cases have been separated and sent to the quarantine centre.
Regarding the non-compliances on the standard operating procedure (SOP) of MCO, Ismail said, yesterday 420 individuals had been detained out of which 417 had been issued with compounds while three were remanded.
Among the non-compliances’ activities committed include no physical distancing (188), failing to record personal particulars/registration when entering premises (162), not wearing mask (48) and others (22). –Malaysia World News