Enhanced MCO on Kedah's Pokok Sena Prison extended another two weeks (updated)

PETALING JAYA: The enhanced movement control order (MCO) imposed on the Pokok Sena Prison in Kedah will be extended for another two weeks until Nov 7 as positive Covid-19 cases are still being detected there, but it will be lifted for Tawau prison.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said as of Oct 22, there were still inmates and workers who tested positive for the disease.

"On the advice of the Health Ministry and as proposed by the National Security Council, the government has decided to extend the enhanced MCO there.

"This is done to ensure the chain of infection is broken," he said.

The enhanced MCO at the prison, which started on Oct 11, was supposed to end on Saturday (Oct 24).

Meanwhile, the government will lift the enhanced MCO at Tawau prison and Taman Ehsan Prison Quarters in Tawau on Oct 25 as no additional cases have been detected at the prison.

Ismail said as of Oct 21, the Health Ministry conducted 1,250 screenings at the Tawau prison and 1,196 screenings at the Taman Ehsan Quarters.

"Up until now, no active cases have been detected at the Tawau Prison and only two cases were detected in the Taman Ehsan Quarters.

"The patients are being treated," he said.

The Tawau prison and Taman Ehsan Quarters were under Enhanced MCO since Sept 11.

Despite enhanced MCO being lifted there, Ismail said the locality would still have to undergo the two-week state-wide conditional MCO that is supposed to end on Oct 26.

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