‘No travel ban on northern states’


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

PUTRAJAYA: A travel ban will not be imposed on northern states following an increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases linked to the Sivagangga cluster, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Unlike the early stages of the movement control order (MCO) where interstate travel was banned, enforcement will now focus on areas with positive cases, he said.

“As with the targeted enhanced MCO enforced on two villages in Sanglang, Perlis, we will prohibit movement in and out of the area instead of closing state borders,” he said yesterday.

The targeted enhanced MCO until Sept 4 affects about 872 residents and 191 houses in Kampung Kuala Sanglang and Kampung Tamah Timbul.

The targeted enhanced MCO for this area will use existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) with additional roadblocks set up and certain roads being cut off.

Ismail Sabri said the movement of people within the targeted enhanced MCO area will be allowed.

Shops selling essential goods and restaurants offering take-away fare are allowed to operate from 8am to 6pm.

Schools and government offices will be closed while activities in mosques and places of worship are not allowed.

“Health authorities will be taking Covid-19 swab tests on all residents in the affected area,” he said.

The Sivagangga cluster has spread from Kedah, with 10 in a family from Perlis infected and Penang losing its green zone status after recording its first case in months.

Ismail Sabri said police have nabbed five people who broke the home quarantine order during spot checks on Sunday.

They were among 1,434 individuals who were spot checked by authorities to ensure those observing home quarantine follow the SOP.

“The government views seriously these acts of non-compliance, as such incidents had caused Covid-19 to spread not just to family members but also to the community,” he said.

Police arrested 222 people for various SOP violations, mostly at pubs and nightclubs.

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