315 people arrested for violating recovery MCO on Aug 1 (updated)


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  • Sunday, 02 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: Police arrested 315 people on Saturday (Aug 1) for breaching the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Defence Minister said compound fines were issued to 312 of those who had violated the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the remaining three were remanded.

“Among the offences include engaging in activities that did not follow the standard operating procedures (38), activities with large groups that made it difficult to practise physical distancing (150), and not wearing face masks (127), ” he said in a statement Sunday (Aug 2).

The police-led task force that ensures the SOPs are being followed had conducted 63,473 inspections on Saturday, with 14,327 officials surveying public areas.

These public areas include supermarkets, restaurants and hawkers, factories, banks, and government offices.

The enforcement officials had also surveyed 1,132 land transportation terminals, 138 water transportation terminals and 40 air transportation terminals.

Ismail Sabri also said that 10 Covid-19 sanitisation operations were conducted on Saturday.

He said these involved nine zones - including one red and one yellow zone - in three states, which were Sabah, Sarawak and Johor.

Ismail Sabri added that the authorities had also set up 64 roadblocks and inspected 35,459 vehicles nationwide, as part of Operasi Benteng.

The purpose of the special operation is to tighten border controls and to ensure that illegal migrants cannot enter the country through "lorong tikus" (alternative routes).

Ismail Sabri also said that police have taken action against 28 individuals for failing to comply with the home quarantine SOPs.

The authorities, he said, have conducted 2,263 checks on individuals who are undergoing the 14-day mandatory home quarantine.

He added that from July 24 to Aug 1, as many as 4,286 individuals have returned to Malaysia from other countries.

Out of that number, 13 individuals have been sent to the hospital for treatment.

Others are currently undergoing quarantine in 16 hotels and five Public Training Institutes (ILA).

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