by ASILA JALIL/ pic by BERNAMA
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the CMCO will allow for public health officers to do targeted screenings for Covid-19 and reduce movements among the communities in the state.
“Based on the risk evaluation done by the Health Ministry (MoH), there is a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in several districts in the state.
“Therefore the meeting today has decided to enforce CMCO in Kelantan from November 21, 2020 until December 6, 2020 under the advice of MoH,” he said in a press briefing today.
States in the peninsula except for Kelantan, Perlis and Pahang were put under CMCO on Nov 9 and are supposed to end on Dec 6.
Ismail Sabri however said the restrictions in Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu will end tomorrow as the number of positive cases in these states have declined.
As of Nov 18, the minister said only 85 active cases were recorded in Kedah and the situation has been under control except for Kulim district which recorded 23 active cases.
“The meeting today has decided to end the CMCO in Kedah on Nov 21, 2020 except for Kulim,” he said.
The same situation is also enforced in Johor where Kota Tinggi and Mersing districts will still have to undergo CMCO although the restrictions will be lifted in other parts of the state as Kota Tinggi and Mersing recorded 36 and eight active cases respectively as of Nov 16.
In Terengganu, Ismail Sabri said the state recorded 230 positive cases on Nov 4 however as of Nov 17, it only had 19 active cases without any sporadic cases reported in the past 14 days.
Meanwhile in Sabah, the government has lifted the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) at Anjung Teduh Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu and it is now being put under the statewide CMCO.
“MoH has conducted 3,743 screenings and 89 positive cases were recorded in this locality. Therefore we have agreed to end the EMCO in Anjung Teduh Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu today, as scheduled,” he said.
The EMCO in the area was first enforced on Oct 24 until Nov 6 before it was further extended until today.
The Sabah National Security Council had also presented the rise in positive cases in K-Avenue, Megacity, Penampang, Sabah in the meeting today where as at Nov 16, 110 cases were recorded in the locality.
The area will undergo EMCO effective Nov 22 until Dec 5.
“The EMCO comprises offices, workers’ quarters and construction sites that involve 400 people,” said Ismail Sabri.
Meanwhile, touching on the “green travel bubble”, Ismail Sabri said the meeting has allowed for four travel categories to enhance domestic traveling as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC).
Starting on Sunday, the public can do interstate and interdistrict travels within the green zones without getting the permission from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
As for those in the green zone who want to travel to states in the red tier, they have to obtain permission from the PDRM.
They can also travel to the green districts located in states in the red zone if they have obtained a permission.
“This will be enforced on Nov 22 and it will use the My Sejahtera application to determine if the individual is from the green zone.
“Motac will issue a more detailed standard operating procedure soon,” he said.