29 arrested for RMCO violation

Malaysia recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number to 8,718

by LYDIA NATHAN/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

TWENTY-NINE individuals were detained last Saturday for violating conditions of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said eight were remanded, while 21 were given compounds.

“Three were caught at nightclubs, 13 violated social distancing and another 13 for activities that went against the standard operating procedures in stopping the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

The task force had conducted 70,190 checks nationwide, spearheaded by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

“Checks were conducted at supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government buildings and transportation hubs,” Ismail Sabri said.

Seven foreigners were also arrested for various immigration offences following Ops Benteng.

“A total of 43,598 vehicles were screened in 68 roadblocks nationwide, aimed to stop the illegal entry of undocumented immigrants entering the country using ‘rat trails’.

“The government will take strong action against individuals breaking this rule and we will continue to keep a close watch on our borders,” he added.

Ismail Sabri said 1,000 Malaysians had returned home via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 last Saturday from Iran, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Qatar, Myanmar, Australia, Netherlands, India, South Korea and Japan.

Of that, two were taken to the hospital while the rest were asked to undergo mandatory home quarantine.

Meanwhile, Malaysia recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 8,718.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the new cases, three were Malaysians who contracted the virus from abroad, while from the remaining 11 local cases, eight were foreigners.

“Of the three local transmissions, two were from a new cluster in Kuching, Sarawak, while the third was detected through a preoperative screening in Sabah.

“For the eight foreigner cases, those who tested positive were close contacts to two detainees at the Immigration Detention Centre in Sepang, Selangor,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Four recoveries were recorded yesterday, bringing the total recoveries to 8,519 cases or 97.7% of the total positive cases so far.

“There are no new deaths and the fatalities remain at 122 cases. To date, three positive cases are being treated at the intensive care unit with two requiring breathing assistance,” he added.