Cops say no lockdown in Lahad Datu despite being Covid-19 red zone


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  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

KOTA KINABALU: There is no lockdown in Lahad Datu district despite it being declared a red zone due to Covid-19 infections.

Lahad Datu OCPD Asst Comm Nasri Mansor said the only thing in place is a restricted movement order where roadblocks are set up to ensure that those allowed to go out have urgent matters to attend to.

“There is no lockdown as what is being claimed, people still can enter or leave Lahad Datu district if they have urgent matters to attend to, ” he said.

He said the roadblocks are necessary to prevent people from going for gatherings and events where there is a large crowd.

“We must contain this virus, ” ACP Nasri said.

Some of the roads will however be closed. Lahad Datu has recorded a total of 129 positive cases as of Sept 17.

These roads are Jalan Bypass Tengah Nipah near the airport traffic light, Jalan Tengah Nipah near the lorry terminal and the Lahad Datu town entry and exit routes from the court roundabout.

ACP Nasri said roadblocks are being manned at Simpang Tamoi Baru, KM7 Jalan Lahad Datu-Tawau, in front of Layong industries at Jalan Lahad Datu - Tungku, and near the traffic light near Kampung Puyut.

Recreational activities in public parks are not allowed as well.

“The public is advised to comply with the Health Ministry’s call to avoid crowded places, close conversations and confined spaces, ” he said.

ACP Nasri also urged the public to comply with safety and cleanliness practises such as washing or sanitising their hands often and putting on masks whenever they are out in public.

“Please also comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and avoid attending gatherings or processions, ” he added.

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