Air surveillance on Simpang Renggam villages

Armed Forces personnel using a drone to conduct air surveillance to ensure locals adhere to the enhanced MCO in Simpang Renggam.

JOHOR BARU: The Armed Forces has begun using drones to monitor if villagers are adhering to the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in Simpang Renggam.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said this was part of the initiatives to make sure all residents in the affected areas in Simpang Renggam strictly follow the directive to stay at home.

“To increase monitoring compliance and enforcement during the enhanced MCO in Simpang Renggam, the military has deployed two teams from the Defence Ministry’s intelligence defence unit.

“They will be carrying out air surveillance using drones for two days to make sure the local community adheres to the order, ” he added.

Vidyananthan said this in his daily Covid-19 briefing, which was shown live on Facebook.

The government imposed the enhanced MCO on March 27 until April 9 at Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam after the area recorded increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases.

Under the enhanced MCO, residents are not allowed to leave their homes, even to get essentials. Instead, food kits are supplied to each household.

Vidyananthan said the state government was also handing out food kits to 11 locations neighbouring the two villages affected by the enhanced MCO in Simpang Renggam.

The locations are Kampung Parit Ghani, Kampung Parit Talibek, Kampung Parit Basri, Kampung Ibrahim Majid, Bandar Baru Ibrahim Majid, Kampung Parit Salman, Kampung Parit Penghulu, Kampung Parit Hasan, Taman Desa, Kampung Parit Salam and Kampung Paya.

Meanwhile, Vidyananthan said the Health Ministry Training Institute in Kempas here had been turned into a temporary hospital to handle Covid-19 cases.

“Starting April 1, the state Health Department has started operating a temporary hospital at the training institute to treat those who have mild Covid-19 symptoms, ” he said, adding that the institution was able to house 600 patients.

On the second phase of the MCO, he said the police would take a stricter approach on any individuals found disobeying and not adhering to the rules.

Vidyananthan said to increase enforcement in the second phase, the Federal Government has decided to limit movement to not more than 10km radius to buy food, essential needs and medicine.

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