25,000 quarantined since MCO began

A budget hotel in Mersing is among the quarantine centres in Johor. — Filepic

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Close to 25,000 individuals, mostly Malaysians, have gone through quarantine at the 57 quarantine stations in Johor.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said as of Sept 6, a total of 24,958 individuals, of whom 96.5% were Malaysians, had gone through the 14-day quarantine period in Johor.

“Between March 18 and June 10, some 20,536 persons under surveillance and persons under investigation, including 215 foreigners, have gone through quarantine here.

“Meanwhile, the remaining 4,422 individuals, including 669 foreigners were quarantined between July 24 and Sept 6, ” he said.

He was replying to questions posed by Ng Yak How (PH-Bentayan) and Andrew Chen Kah Eng (PH-Stulang) at the Johor state assembly sitting here in Kota Iskandar.

Ng wanted to know how many quarantine centres were in Johor and how many individuals had gone through quarantine at the centres as well as at home, while Chen asked when the government would allow those returning from Singapore to go through the 14-day quarantine period at home.

Vidyananthan said that another 7,970 individuals went through home quarantine between June 10 and July 23 after the government implemented the home surveillance order (HSO) under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

“However, this had led to the spread of Covid-19 among family members of the patients as well as sparked new clusters in the community because of lack of compliance to the HSO.

“Hence, since July 24, all travellers arriving at our international entry points have been required to go though the 14-day quarantine period at quarantine centres, ” he said.

Decisions related to home quarantine, he added, were based on rulings by the Federal Government, which took into account the views and advice of National Security Council and Health Ministry.

On a separate matter, Johor agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali said the state government had allocated RM3.5mil for 13 programmes under the Johor Veterinary Service Department.

“This includes state aid programmes, which provides assistance to selected animal farmers in the form of appliances such as pasteuriser and chopper machines as well as other projects.

“For the Bekok state constituency, nine registered animal farmers have received aid amounting to RM50,000 in 2020, ” he said.

He was answering a question by Dr S. Ramakrishnan (PH-Bekok) about assistance given to animal farmers in his constituency.

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