Minister: 131 nabbed for breaching RMCO

Six positive Covid-19 cases were recorded yesterday, making the cumulative cases of the coronavirus tally to 9,397


A TOTAL of 131 people were nabbed for flouting the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) yesterday where 112 were compounded, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The defence minister said 17 others were remanded, while two were granted bail.

Of the 131, 73 were detained for not complying with the social-distancing rule at mass gatherings, while 31 were not using face masks.

“Other violations were failure to prepare thermometers or log books (20), defying quarantine orders (two), premises operating beyond permitted hours (four) and one case for operating without a valid business licence,” he said in the statement yesterday.

A total of 67 illegal immigrants and four boat skippers were detained yesterday for attempting to enter the country illegally through rat trails in Ops Benteng.

“The operation also included the seizure of a boat and four vehicles,” he said.

There were 79 roadblocks under the Ops Benteng conducted nationwide to prevent the entry of undocumented migrants.

Ismail Sabri said from July 24 until yesterday, 23,590 people returned from 32 countries and were placed in 68 hotels, four public training institutions and private education institutions nationwide.

“Of these, 9,162 individuals are still undergoing compulsory quarantine, 66 sent to hospitals for treatment, while 14,362 have been allowed to return home. On the same development, he said 9,849 public sanitisation operations were carried out, covering 134 zones, and involving 12,965 premises since March 30.

Meanwhile, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said six positive Covid-19 cases were recorded yesterday, making the cumulative cases of the coronavirus tally to 9,397, with 154 total active cases.

He said three of the six new cases were imported infections involving non-citizens. They are two Indonesian citizens and one Bangladeshi. All the imported cases were reported in Kuala Lumpur.

As for the three local transmissions, Dr Noor Hisham said one case was classified under severe acute respiratory infection.

The case was detected at a medical centre and the patient is now being treated at a hospital in Penang.

Meanwhile, the other two cases were transmitted from the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster in Sabah.

“Case number 9395 is a close contact to case 9351. The patient was symptomatic on Sept 1 before he was admitted to a hospital in Tawau the next day.

“After testing positive, the case was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) for further treatment.

“Case 9396 is the nephew of the case 9395. He was tested positive on Sept 5 and is receiving treatment in Tawau,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

As of yesterday, 776 individuals from the Benteng LD cluster were screened, where 16 tested positive. Of the total, 420 were tested in Lahad Datu and 356 in Tawau.

Six patients are being treated in ICU with three of them needing respiratory assistance, while the death tally remained at 128 cases.

Two patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the cumulative figure for recoveries to 9,115 or 97% of the total number of positive cases.