Covid-19: Top Glove's 28 factories in Kapar to close in stages for mass testing after cases surge, says Ismail Sabri


PETALING JAYA: The 28 Top Glove factories operating in Kapar, Klang, will be closed in stages to facilitate mass testing after a surge in Covid-19 cases there were detected, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

"I am led to believe that today alone there are 1,067 cases there. The factories will be closed in stages so that their workers can go in for testing and quarantine," the Defence Minister said during his Covid-19 briefing Monday (Nov 23).

On current Covid-19 updates, he said the enhanced MCO in three areas - Taman Mesra, Sandakan; Plaza Hentian, Kajang; and Medan 88, Salak Tinggi - will end on schedule.

However, the areas are still subject to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the conditional MCOs of their respective states of Sabah and Selangor.

A new enhanced MCO has been imposed at the Seremban Prison and the prison quarters for 14 days until Dec 7, Ismail Sabri said.

"The Health Ministry has conducted 246 targeted Covid-19 tests there and 25 positive cases were found.

"Based on the risk analysis and advice from the Health Ministry, an enhanced MCO will take effect from Nov 24 until Dec 7, encompassing all buildings under the Seremban Prison, including the administrative building and staff quarters, involving 2,080 inhabitants," he said.

The enhanced MCOs in Kampung Sabah Baru, Lahad Datu, and Putra Point, Nilai, have also been extended until Dec 7 and Nov 30, respectively.

Ismail Sabri also said that the conditional MCO in Kuching, Sarawak, has also been extended until Nov 27.

This, he said, was based on the risk analysis conducted by the Health Ministry.

Regarding enforcement updates, the minister said that on Nov 22, the police detained 807 people for failing to adhere to the SOPs.

Of that, 747 were issued compounds, while 52 were remanded and eight were granted bail.

He added that most (475) were for activities at entertainment outlets.

Nationwide Ops Benteng statistics showed that 85 illegal immigrants were arrested, with three vehicles seized.

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