EMCO in 9 longhouses, 1 factory dormitory

The govt has agreed to implement EMCO with effective from June 19 to July 2

by S BIRRUNTHA / Pic by BERNAMA

NINE longhouses in Matu, Sarawak and one factory workers’ hostel in Segamat, Johor will be under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from June 19 until July 2.

The longhouses are Rumah Panjang Salim anak Unang; Rumah Panjang Judy anak Kudi; Rumah Panjang Mathew anak Merang; Rumah Panjang Danggang anak Ujang; Rumah Panjang Lait anak Ijang; Rumah Panjang Chandi anak Kilau; Rumah Panjang Putut anak Jugah; Rumah Panjang Sadin anak Jeli and Rumah Panjang Mador anak Rendah.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said a total of 84 longhouse residents had been screened so far and of that, 48 positive cases were recorded at a rate of 57.14%.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) has found that the spread has started to occur and the rate of infection is high in the locality.

“After conducting a risk assessment with various agencies in the MCO Technical Committee and on the advice of the MoH, the government has agreed to implement EMCO in nine longhouses effective June 19 until July 2,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Another EMCO, which will be implemented in Segamat, Johor, involves the foreign workers’ dormitory and the Wah Cens Plastic Industries & Rainbow Metal Sdn Bhd factory area in Buloh Kasap.

Ismail Sabri said within a week, the MoH found an increase in cases when a total of 52 positive cases were detected after screening was conducted on 488 individuals, with a positive rate of 10.7%.

“The implementation of the EMCO is to prevent the movement of workers in and out of the factory area, thus reducing the risk of contagion outside the locality,” he noted.

The senior minister also announced that the EMCOs in Kampung Pengaraban in Kudat, as well as the Semarak area in Tawau, both in Sabah, will be extended from June 19 to July 2.

On the other hand, EMCOs in three localities have ended yesterday, namely the Besut District in Terengganu; Taman Milenium, Taman Wawasan, Kampung Jawa Kongsi 10 in Tawau Sabah; and Rumah Panjang Sigah anak Lak, Sungai Baoh Burak in Mukah, Sarawak.

On MCO violations, Ismail Sabri said the police had detained a total of 764 individuals on June 16 of which, 722 were given compounds and 42 were remanded.

Among the offences included failure to wear face masks, failing to provide contact-tracing or registration equipment, dine-ins, failing to maintain physical distance, crossing districts or states without permission, carrying excessive passengers and others.

Separately, the MoH reported a total of 5,738 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, of which 5,735 were local cases and three were import cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 1,858, followed by Negri Sembilan (1,086) and Kuala Lumpur (641).

Sarawak recorded 559 cases yesterday, followed by Johor (449), Sabah (248), Kedah (197), Melaka (184), Kelantan (154), Penang (97), Labuan (97), Terengganu (77), Pahang (54), Perak (30) and Putrajaya (7).

This has brought the current active cases in the country to 66,097 and the total confirmed cases to 678,764.

Twenty-five new Covid-19 clusters were also identified yesterday, of which 20 were linked to workplaces, four community clusters and one education cluster.

Among the active cases yesterday, 909 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 441 of them requiring ventilators.

There were also 60 new deaths reported nationwide yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 4,202.

Meanwhile, 7,530 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 608,465.