Pokok Sena prison EMCO extended

PETALING JAYA: The enhanced movement control order (MCO) at the Pokok Sena prison in Kedah will be extended for another two weeks until Nov 7 as Covid-19 cases are still being detected there.

Senior Minister (Security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said as of Thursday, there were still inmates and workers who tested positive.

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

“This is being done to ensure the chain of infection is broken,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The enhanced MCO at the prison, which started on Oct 11, was supposed to end today.

Meanwhile, the government will lift the enhanced MCO at Tawau prison and Taman Ehsan prison quarters in Tawau tomorrow as no additional cases were detected there.

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

“Until now, no active cases have been detected at Tawau prison, and only two cases were detected in the Taman Ehsan quarters,” he said.

The Tawau prison and Taman Ehsan quarters have been under enhanced MCO since Sept 11.

Despite enhanced MCO being lifted there, Ismail Sabri said the locality will still have to undergo the two-week statewide conditional MCO that is supposed to end on Monday.

Separately, Ismail Sabri said 639 people were arrested for breaking MCO rules as of Thursday.

He said out of that number, police issued compounds to 634 people while four others were remanded and one was released on bail.

“Among the violations include not observing physical distancing, not wearing masks, failure to provide record-keeping facilities at the entrance of the premises, and also patronising entertainment outlets,” he said.

Ismail Sabri also said more than 52,841 people returned to Malaysia from overseas between July 24 and Oct 22, with 381 of them being sent for treatment after testing positive for Covid-19.

He said 8,196 others had undergone mandatory quarantine, and 44,264 people have been discharged and sent home.

“They came from 35 countries including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Laos,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said 38 immigrants were arrested for illegal entry on Thursday under Ops Benteng, which was launched to guard the country’s borders against illegal entry.

The joint-operations involving the armed forces, police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Immigration Department, Royal Customs Department, and Malaysian Border Control Agency, also saw two boats and three vehicles seized.

“The government will take stern action against anyone trying to encroach on the country’s borders and authorities will continue to tightly guard borders, especially those known to be secret entry points (lorong tikus),” he said, adding that authorities had set up 300 road blocks nationwide.
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