UTM Johor under EMCO after 49 detected COVID-19 positive


KUALA LUMPUR 19 May: The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai, Johor is placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) effective 21st May until 3rd June 2021 after 49 have been detected with positive COVID-19 out of 346 screening tests carried out in the campus.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) had carried out screening tests involving Kolej Datin Seri Endon, Kolej Tun Hussein Onn, Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail, Kolej 9, 10 and the Health Centre.

Ismail said, MOH also reported that the positivity rate has reached 14.2% while the positive cases and close contacts have been transmitted to other residential colleges in the campus.

“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 UTM campus for two weeks until 3rd June 2021,” Ismail said in a statement here today.

The Senior Minister added, the implementation of the EMCO will enable MOH to carry out early tracing of COVID-19 cases and separate them the soonest possible to  prevent the infection from spreading to other areas.

Meanwhile, the government has lifted the EMCO on 20th May 2021 as scheduled on two localities namely Kampung Permatang Tulang, sub-district Sebatu, Jasin, Melaka and Kampung Lubok Katak, Tapah, Perak.

Ismail added, MOH confirmed that the COVID-19 cases were on a declining trend with all the positive cases had received treatment while the close contacts had been separated in Sebatu, Jasin Melaka.

However in Tapah,Perak the cases were also on a decreasing trend with the last three cases recorded on 11th May 2021.

On another development, the EMCO imposed on National Secondary School, Madai, Kunak, Sabah has been lifted on 20th May earlier than the scheduled date on 28th May 2021.

“MOH had carried out screening tests on 895 and out of which 45 had been detected with positive COVID-19. However MOH had confirmed the remaining active cases in the locality had shown a declining trend while there was no screening samples pending for the result,” Ismail said. 

Regarding the Task Force Compliance Operation, Ismail said yesterday 513 individuals were detained for not complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) and from that 484 individuals had been issued with compounds while 29 were remanded.

The non-compliance activities committed include not wearing masks (185), failing to record personal details/registration when entering premises (105), no physical distance (79), not adhering to the movement control directive (57), gambling activities (12), activities in the entertainment centre (5), inter-district/state without permission (5) and others (65).

 Ismail added: “The Ministry of Human Resources had carried out the COVID-19 screening tests on 694,695 foreign workers involving 35,947 employers. From the total, 10,280 had been detected with COVID-19 while 684,415 with negative results.

“To date1, 544 clinics have been involved in the COVID-19 screening test programme that is made compulsory on all foreign workers effective 1st February 2021,” Ismail said. –Malaysia World News   


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