PM to announce mitigation measures on Monday

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic by BERNAMA FILEPIX

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) will announce measures to tackle the increasing Covid-19 cases on Monday following further discussions between related ministries.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he will not be the one to announce any future tightening of measures or mitigation against the uptrend in Covid-19 transmissions in the country.

“I still have to further specify the details on further actions that can be taken to avoid the country reaching over 8,000 cases in March, but there are not many details I can provide as of now,” he said in his daily Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) briefing today. 

He said teachers returning to East Malaysia to continue their duties must undergo screening test three days prior to their return.

“They are required to get tested before their return or upon arrival, of which the cost will be covered by the Health Ministry (MoH),” he said.

He added that those travelling to Sarawak must undergo quarantine upon arrival, and all costs will be covered by the state government.

Meanwhile, as of today, 119,940 workers under 4,458 employers have been screened of which 2,574 were confirmed positive. 

The police had detained 277 individuals for violating the RMCO. 

“The compliance task force will continue to increase inspections and take actions against premise owners and the public that do not comply with the SOP,” Ismail Sabri said.

On border control, 26 foreigners travelling without legal documents have been detained, while nine vehicles have been confiscated.

“To enforce the border control at Pulau Ketam, Selangor, the government has agreed to build a Floating Barge Safety Combination, due to the increase in entry and detainment between 2019 and 2020,” he said.

In 2019, 328 foreigners travelling without legal documents were caught on the island and 21 confiscations were made with a total worth of RM2.34 million, and the number increased in the following year with around 2,002 foreigners caught alongside 207 confiscations worth RM11.74 million.

Ismail Sabri said that the government is still tightening entries to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 from other countries.

“Among others is the suggestion of Bubble Pilot Project For Travelling between Qatar Airways to Langkawi for tourism purposes, but the government still has not approved it,” he said.