Alor Setar Prison EMCO extended to Nov 1

KUALA LUMPUR: The enhanced movement control order (MCO) placed on the Alor Setar Prison in Kedah has been extended by 14 days to Nov 1. The enhanced MCO was to end yesterday.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the extension was due to new Covid-19 cases at the prison, apart from taking into account the request from the National Security Council (NSC) and the advice from the Health Ministry.

“This extension is to allow continuous monitoring and screening to ensure the Covid-19 chain of infection is fully broken in the prison, especially among the staff,” he told a virtual media conference via the Defence Ministry Facebook site.

As of yesterday, 1,178 cases involving 1,137 detainees and 41 prison staff were recorded.

Meanwhile, he said the NSC would discuss the issue of three new Klang Valley clusters, a result of workplace infections.

“In areas under conditional MCO, we have so far allowed the movement of workers to their office or economic sectors, but I have urged employers to let their staff work from home,” he said. — Bernama

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