Minister: Three areas to undergo EMCO

The EMCO is implemented at a Correctional Centre in JB, Dewan Arena Segitiga in Mukim Kota Tinggi, and the Jelebu Prison in N. Sembilan

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

THE Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) is implemented in buildings located at three areas in Johor Baru (JB), Mukim Kota Tinggi and Negri Sembilan starting today as positive cases were detected in recent screening tests.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the EMCO is implemented at a Correctional Centre and Employees’ Quarters, Batu 19 Jalan Ulu Choh-Pontian in JB, Dewan Arena Segitiga in Mukim Kota Tinggi, and the Jelebu Prison and Employees’ Quarters of the prison in Negri Sembilan.

“At JB, the Health Ministry (MoH) found eight new positive cases in the span of eight days starting from Dec 16 to 23, 2020.

“The cases were recorded when the employees attended a court hearing in another area, whereby there were 685 employees from the Correctional Centre who were exposed to the positive cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The EMCO located in JB involves 937 detainees, 322 employees and 128 family members living within the quarters, comprising 102 housing units.

He said at Mukim Kota Tinggi, there were 125 positive cases among the detainees, following screening tests performed on 171 individuals, while the Jelebu Prison found 307 new positive cases.

All of the aforementioned places will undergo the EMCO starting from today until Jan 10, 2021.

Meanwhile, the EMCO on Persiaran Paya Terubong, Relau flat, which was scheduled for ending on Dec 31, 2020, ended yesterday, following a downtrend of cases within the locality.

On the daily Recovery MCO (RMCO) updates, Ismail Sabri said the Royal Malaysia Police detained 456 individuals yesterday for breaching the standard operating procedures, with 421 being compounded, 34 remanded and one guaranteed.

“Among the offences of disobeying the RMCO instructions were entertainment activities (170), failure to comply with physical-distancing instructions (167), failure to provide equipment that records customer details (67), not wearing face masks (45) and others (7),” he said.

The relevant authorities and security parties set up 114 roadblocks to prevent any smugglers or foreigners travelling interstate, and detained 57 foreigners and confiscated three vehicles.

As of Saturday, 93,070 individuals returned from international borders and placed at 75 hotels and 17 public training institutions. Of the total, 7,125 were undergoing mandatory quarantine, 536 were sent to the hospital and 85,409 were allowed to return home.

Meanwhile, Selangor reported the highest number of new cases yesterday at 392, with 60.5% coming from clusters and close contact screening, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 202 cases and Johor with 194.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the country recorded 1,196 daily new cases yesterday, adding up the total active cases to 20,233.

“This has made the total number of positive cases in Malaysia to 105,096, and of the 1,196 daily new cases, five were import cases,” he said.

Yesterday, 111 were undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit, with 50 requiring ventilator aid.

Of the new cases, 52 were related to clusters involving prison and lock-ups, namely Pagar Siput (15), Tembok Gajah (14), Jalan Harapan

Prison (13), Tembok with eight, Hala Mutiara with one and Sandakan Prison with one.

He added that one death was reported yesterday with no known medical history that could be affected by Covid-19, bringing the cumulative death tally in the country to 452 cases.

“The death involved a man aged 71, who was brought to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu,” he said.

On the development of clusters, a new one was identified while three known ones expired, namely Kerengge, Alila and Gemilang clusters, resulting in the number of active ones down to 213.

“Of the total, 45 clusters reported increases in cases, and the ones reporting high numbers were Tampoi Jaya (78), Jalan Stadium Construction Site (63) and Beringin (30) clusters,” he said.

The new cluster that was identified is located in a workplace in Tawau and Kalabakan areas, in which the index case was reported positive on Dec 20, 2020, via symptomatic individual screening.

“As of yesterday, 26 individuals related to this cluster were screened, while 14 were identified as positive,” he said.

To date, 84,411 patients have recovered, with 997 new recoveries reported yesterday.