Alor Setar prison locked down for 14 days

KUALA LUMPUR: The Alor Setar prison in Kedah was placed under targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) for 14 days following a rise in Covid-19 infections there.

“Throughout the period, movement into and out of the prison is prohibited.

“Also, family members of prison inmates are not allowed to visit them for now, ” said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The targeted enhanced MCO would enable contact tracing to be done, he said.

Yesterday, the Health Ministry said that 113 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Kedah, out of which 112 infections came from the Tembok cluster.

The cluster emerged on Sept 30 when a 46-year-old Malaysian worker contracted the Covid-19 virus and subsequently died of the disease.

As of yesterday, the cluster had 429 cases mostly involving detainees.

Ismail Sabri said the targeted enhanced MCO would be in effect for 14 days from 12.01am on Tuesday.

In a statement yesterday, he also said that police issued compounds to 345 people for breaching the recovery MCO while 60 others were remanded and 28 released on police bail on Saturday.

Among the offences committed were not wearing face masks and not practising physical distancing, he added.

He said the compliance operation task force led by the police conducted 39,362 checks nationwide on Saturday.

“Among the locations inspected were supermarkets, restaurants and banks, ” he said.

On Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said 76 illegal immigrants and a smuggler were detained on Saturday.

“A total of 101 roadblocks were conducted nationwide, ” he noted.

“The authorities will also tighten security at all border checkpoints and secret passages.”

On a separate matter, Ismail Sabri said 10,216 public sanitisation operations had been conducted since March 30.

The sanitisation was carried out at places such as housing estates and business centres.

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