Two prisons in Terengganu to undergo EMCO

by S BIRRUNTHA/ FILE PIX

Two prisons and its staff quarters in Terengganu have been placed under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) beginning tomorrow until February 10.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the localities were namely, the Prisoner Transit Centre (PTP) involving the Marang prison staff training centre in Zone 2 and Zone 3, as well as the Dungun correctional centre and staff quarters.

He added that the EMCO was announced due to a drastic increase in Covid-19 positive cases among prisoners, prison staff and families at the two locations.

“As of Jan 26, the Health Ministry has conducted 1,262 screenings at the Marang Prison with 98 testing positive. However, all of the positive cases only involved prisoners who were placed at the prisoner transit centre.

“Whereas, a total of 1,102 screenings were conducted at the Dungun correctional facility, in which 99 positive cases were detected involving 92 detainees, two prison staff and five close contacts,” he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said a total of 506 individuals were arrested for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) yesterday, of which 473 of them were compounded and 33 were remanded.

Among the offences include not wearing face mask (112), premises operating over stipulated hours and without permission (84), crossing border and states without permission (77), not maintaining physical distancing (76), failing to provide equipment and record customer details (66) and others (91).

A total of 3,048 compliance task force teams were also deployed to conduct inspections on supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, among others.

Under Ops Benteng, the authorities have detained 19 illegal immigrants, as well as seized eight land vehicles.

He added that a total of 536 roadblocks were set up nationwide for monitoring yesterday.

On mandatory quarantine, the minister noted that a total of 959 individuals arrived at all international entrances and all of them have been sent to quarantine stations nationwide.

While, a total of 7,541 foreign workers have undergone screening tests yesterday, and of that number, 153 people were confirmed positive for Covid-19.