Over 500 arrested for violating RMCO

Meanwhile, 52 new Covid-19 cases were recorded bringing the tally in Malaysia to 10,219 cases


THE authorities arrested 522 individuals for various Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) violations over the weekend.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 342 offenders were compounded, while 180 were remanded.

He said major offences were still related to activities in pubs or nightclubs.

“Among the RMCO violations were activities in pubs/nightclubs (363), social distancing (81), not wearing face masks (36), leaving the house without reasonable grounds in the area (17), failing to provide equipment/personal details (12), exit from Enhanced MCO (EMCO) area without good reason (1), premises operating without permission (5), and arrest of foreigners without personal travel documents (7),” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ismail Sabri said inspection has also been carried out at 3,475 supermarkets, 4,210 restaurants, 1,189 hawkers, 1,204 factories, 3,210 banks and 680 government offices, to ensure RMCO procedures are being followed through.

He said the country’s borders remained tightly controlled and constant surveillance by enforcement agencies continues.

“Through Op Benteng, authorities have arrested 180 undocumented migrants,” he added.

As for Malaysians returning from abroad during the period of July 24 to Sept 19, some 31,227 people have passed through the nation’s international gateways and have been placed in 68 hotels, public training institutions and higher education private institutions.

Ismail Sabri said of the total, 71 individuals were sent to the hospital for further treatment.

Meanwhile, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a total of 52 new positive Covid-19 cases, involving 40 local transmissions were recorded in the country yesterday.

This brought the Covid-19 case tally in Malaysia to 10,219 of which 734 are active cases.

The Covid-19 death tally remained at 130.

As for the new local transmissions, 26 of them involved Malaysians and the rest were foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham also informed that a new cluster has been reported in Penang.

The case of this cluster index is a 44-year-old local citizen (case No 10,024).

The case was detected positive through screening at the international entrance in Sandakan, Sabah on Sept 15, following his arrival from Peninsular Malaysia.

“Subsequently, close contact screening was conducted and one positive case of Covid-19 was identified. This positive case (case No 10,217 case) is the nephew to index case No 10,024.

“He was screened positive on Sept 19 and admitted to Hospital Pulau Pinang for treatment,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

A total of 16 individuals were screened under this cluster with two testing positive, while the remaining were negative.

Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah recorded the highest number of new cases at 36, with the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster recording 27 new cases, the Selamat cluster recording two new cases and the Pulau and Bakau clusters having one new case each.

Meanwhile, a Bernama report stated that 19,167 residents under the administrative EMCO in Kota Setar district, Kedah, have undergone the Covid-19 screening test from Sept 11 until yesterday.

Kedah Health director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang said previously, the department had estimated that about 15,000 to 20,000 residents would be screened, but the number could increase if more positive cases of the outbreak were recorded.

“Today alone, 450 health workers have been mobilised to assist in the Covid-19 sampling process and for now, the State Health Department only uses the services of staff from within the Kota Setar district and other districts in the state.

“No health workers from other states were called to assist in the sampling tests,” he told Bernama yesterday.

Dr Mohd Fikri reminded the public to continue to comply with the standard operating procedures to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Members of the public who need more information can refer to the Kota Setar District Health Department’s operations room by calling 019-4053711,” he said.