Enhanced MCO: It will take 10 days to test everyone in areas surrounding Jalan Othman Market

PETALING JAYA: It will take the Health Ministry 10 days to do an active case investigation in the areas surrounding the Jalan Othman Market, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Dr Noor Hisham said it is estimated that there are 2,900 people living in the area, which has been put under an enhanced movement control order (MCO).

"Hopefully by doing this active case detection by screening and testing, we can identify the positive cases among the residents there. Once we have identified (the positive cases), we will isolate them and treat them in a hospital," he said during his daily press briefing on Sunday (May 10).

Dr Noor Hisham said everyone in the area will be screened, whether they were Malaysians or foreigners.

"We will screen them all. We are looking at the locality," he said, adding that residents in the area should stay at home to protect the elderly.

Dr Noor Hisham also noted that this was their action plan and hoped that they would be able to control the spread of the virus in the area, like in other areas.

"We have certainly seen the success (of this action plan) from MCO one, two and three. This method that we have been doing - active case detection and also by detecting close contacts - has managed to control the whole area as well as the locality," he said.

Early Sunday (May 10) morning, the area surrounding the Jalan Othman Market was put under the enhanced MCO following the detection of 26 Covid-19 cases in the area.

Residents are not allowed to leave and visitors or non-residents are prohibited from entering the area during the enhanced MCO period.

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