EMCO for prison until Feb 8

PETALING JAYA: The Bentong prison complex in Pahang has been placed under enhanced movement control order from today until Feb 8 after recording more than 600 Covid-19 cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

So far, there had been 615 positive cases involving inmates, prison staff and their family members, he said.

He said the Health Ministry noted that the spike in cases at the prison complex had occurred within a short space of time.

In a statement, he also said that 6,894 foreign workers had undergone Covid-19 screening on Saturday, out of which 154 tested positive.

Between last Dec 1 and Jan 23,205,316 foreign workers had been screened. A total of 4,096 of them were found infected.

Ismail Sabri also said that 550 individuals had been nabbed for various violations of the standard operating procedure.

Of the number, he said that 499 were given compounds while 42 were remanded with nine given bail.

Among offences included failure to wear face masks (130), no social distancing (68), interstate travel without permission (54), failure to record customers’ detail (112), operating beyond permitted time (44) and others (142).

The task force monitoring SOP compliance carried out 57,250 checks on Saturday.

He said that 518 roadblocks were set up nationwide, adding that 54 illegals immigrants were caught under Ops Benteng.

“Authorities also detected the presence of 142 boats close to Malaysian waters during surveillance activities, ” he said.

Ismail Sabri also said that since April 24 last year, 109,743 individuals who returned to the country underwent quarantine in 76 hotels and 15 training institutes.

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