Public should not worry about new cluster formed among illegal immigrants- Minister

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 22: The public should not be worried about the new COVID-19 cluster being formed among illegal immigrants in Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot as they are not in contact with the local community.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, 60 illegal immigrants have been detected positive COVID-19 and had been sent to MAEPS Hospital in Serdang, Selangor for treatment.

“The immigrants are as if staying in a quarantine centre and as such they cannot spread the corona virus to the members of the community outside,” he said in a media conference held here today.

Ismail added, 1,200 illegal immigrants in the depot had done swab tests and 60 were positive COVID-19 while 114 officers with related functions had been detected negative.

“The immigrants at the depot were there before the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18. The possibility for the infections was when the illegal immigrants from the Enhanced MCO in Masjid India joined them in the dormitories at Bukit Jalil depot,” Ismail said.

Meanwhile at the Semenyih Detention Depot, 1,600 illegal immigrants have done swab tests and two have been detected positive COVID-19.

Regarding the Johor government that has directed the people not to travel inter-districts on Hari Raya Aidilfitri this Sunday (May 24) Ismail said, they are not encouraged but not restricted to travel.

“Under the Conditional MCO, the people are given less restriction. The people are encouraged to celebrate Hari Raya in the house within family members on the first day only.

“What the Johor government is doing is in line with the Federal Government, National Security Council and the Ministry of Health’s suggestion that the people should celebrate Hari Raya with the family members staying in the same house and with 20 people present at any one time depending on the size of the house,” Ismail reiterated

On the inter-state travel that had been restricted, Ismail said, the police have conducted 154 road blocks where 264,280 vehicles have been checked.

However he said, 2,539 vehicles that have tried to cross the state borders with the reason to go back to their hometowns had been directed to return by the police.

Ismail added, Malacca led the list with 886 vehicles trying to cross the state borders followed by Perak with 362 and Penang 284.

“As Hari Raya is approaching thousands of people are excited to go back to their hometowns and those who managed to reach their destinations will not necessarily be guaranteed to come back to the cities,” Ismail warned the people.

The minister also mentioned that from April 27, 2020 until Thursday evening, 51,352 students from the institutes of higher education have been sent back to their families.

“Yesterday (May 21) 894 students were sent back. It involved two flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching and two flights from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu,” Ismail said.- Malaysia World News

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