EMCO ends at Top Glove worker dormitories

MoH finds a trend of decrease in reported positive cases and there are no more pending samples waiting for results for the workers

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Top Glove Corp Bhd’s worker dormitories in Meru, Klang, ended yesterday.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the EMCO was ended following the advice from the Ministry of Health (MoH), due to the decline in Covid-19 cases at the dormitories.

From the MoH’s screening, 4,305 cases were found positive, out of 5,805 screenings.

“After 28 days of EMCO implementation in this area, the ministry found a trend of decrease in reported positive cases and there are no more pending samples waiting for results.

“All the negative cases have undergone the home surveillance order for two times during the incubation period,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The minister added that to date, out of the 28 factories that have been closed, 14 factories were allowed to operate again after all workers were screened and the plant was sanitised.

The remaining 14 factories will be opened in stages soon.

Additionally, Ismail Sabri also announced that the EMCO in Sibuga Temporary Detention Centre in Sandakan, Sabah, will end today.

However, the EMCO in Kampung Desa Balau and Kampung Dasar Baru in Lahad Datu, Sabah, which were scheduled to end today, will be extended for another 14 days starting tomorrow.

A total of 360 individuals were arrested for violating the MCO on Dec 13, where a majority of them were caught for not observing physical-distancing rules.

Of the total number of arrests, 340 of them were compounded, while 20 were remanded.

Under Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the authorities detained 23 illegal immigrants, and seized three land vehicles and one boat.

From July 24 until Dec 13, a total of 85,798 individuals arrived at all international entrances and were placed in 76 hotels and 16 other premises.

Of the total figure, 10,979 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 528 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment.

Meanwhile, a total of 74,291 individuals were allowed to return home.

Separately, MoH reported 1,371 new Covid-19 positive cases in the country yesterday, of which 1,370 were local transmissions and one import case.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the most number of cases yesterday with 532, followed by Sabah (283) and Negri Sembilan (260).

Other states with new cases reported yesterday were Kuala Lumpur (KL) (124), Perak (62), Johor (45), Penang (31), Labuan (16), Terengganu (nine), Kedah (five) and Kelantan (two).

Putrajaya and Melaka recorded one case each.

Dr Noor Hisham also said two new Covid-19 clusters were detected yesterday, namely the Solar Ria and Senu Setia involving several districts in Selangor and KL.

The increase in new cases brought the country’s overall total to 84,846.

There are now 13,830 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 114 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 62 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Up to 1,204 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 70,597, which equals 83.2%.

Four new deaths were reported in the country yesterday, of which two were in Sabah and one each in Labuan and Perak. This has increased the overall Covid-19 death toll to 419.


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