‘Impose TEMCO on prison, staff quarters’

Next action plan: Chow (second from left) speaking to state agency leaders involved in the Covid-19 state committee and Penang remand prison. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: The state government is urging the Federal Government to impose a targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) on the Prisons Department staff quarters opposite the prison and not just the state Remand Prison.

This was after 141 Covid-19 positive cases were found among the inmates yesterday.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said all the positive cases involved prisoners, adding that it was now a high risk area.

“We are urging the Federal Government to impose the targeted enhanced MCO at the prison and the staff quarters as well, ” he said.

There are some 2,800 people involved in the area, including family members of prison staff.

Chow said all the prisoners and staff members had been tested and that a second round of testing began yesterday.

“We have been informed by the police that they are prepared to carry out the enhanced MCO, ” he said.

State Health Department director Dr Asmayani Khalib said almost all the prisoners who tested positive were being treated at the state Remand Prison.

“We have set up an area in the prison as a low risk Covid-19 centre. Only three cases in Category Three and above need to be warded in the Penang Hospital. The rest are being treated in the prison, ” she said.

The Prisons Department announced an administrative enhanced MCO for the Penang Remand Prison from yesterday until further notice.

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