PETALING JAYA: Two new localities in Lahad Datu, Sabah will be placed under an enhanced movement control order (MCO) starting Tuesday (Oct 13) following a rise in Covid-19 cases there, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Defence Minister said that the localities involved were Taman Khazanah Indah and PPR Mutiara Kasih, adding that 5,452 people will be affected.
The two-week enhanced MCO for the localities will end on Oct 26.
“All the residents will have to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set. Among them, they will not be allowed to go out of their houses, ” Ismail said during a press conference to give updates on Covid-19 on Sunday (Oct 11).
Ismail said that food supplies will be distributed by the Sabah state government and coordinated by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).
He said that all roads in and out of the localities will be closed, although residents can obtain police permission to travel out for medical emergencies and deaths.
Ismail also said that the conditional MCO will be placed on the district of Kota Belud from Oct 13-26 after a spike of cases there.
He said that the step was taken to halt the spread of the disease and for the authorities to conduct targeted screening of the disease during the period.
He added that only two people from every household would be allowed to go out to get food and essentials.
Ismail said that the essential services including factories involved in their production would be allowed to operate.
The essential services include fishing, agriculture and the plantation sectors.
Wholesale markets, pasar tani, grocery shops, clinics and pharmacies will also be allowed to operate while restaurants and stalls can open for take away only.
Schools, kindergartens, institutions of higher learning, and places of worship will be closed during this period while sporting, recreation, social and cultural activaties are not allowed.