EMCO lifted on localities in Perak

PUTRAJAYA: The enhanced movement control order placed on two localities in Perak as well as the one in Sarawak has been lifted.

Felcra Nasaruddin and Peringkat 1 and 2 Felda Bersia, both in Perak, and Kampung Sungai Ud in Dalat, Sarawak, were scheduled to see the end of the enhanced MCO today.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in the case of Felcra Nasaruddin in Perak, the health authorities had carried out 481 swab tests on residents, of which 20 yielded positive results for Covid-19.

He said the number of cases in the locality was showing a downward trend and after a risk assessment, the government agreed to lift the enhanced MCO as scheduled.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the health authorities had screened 409 individuals in Peringkat 1 and 2 Felda Bersia in Hulu Perak, with a cumulative 29 positive cases but no new cases detected.

“As for Kampung Sungai Ud in Sarawak, 2,042 screenings were conducted. Cumulatively, 41 positive cases were recorded, ” he said yesterday.

He added that the last two positive cases were reported at the locality on Feb 13.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the enhanced MCO for Sungai Udang Prison in Melaka would be extended from tomorrow to March 2 as the locality continued to see cases.

The health authorities conducted 1,234 screenings there and cumulatively, 331 positive cases were recorded.

“The Health Ministry confirmed that an increasing number of cases are still being reported at the locality among inmates.

“However, the infectivity does not involve staff and their family members, ” he said.

Ismail Sabri added that the extension will only involve the prison while the order on staff quarters and the prison’s quarantine centre ends today as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the Tapah Prison in Perak will be placed under enhanced MCO after a number of positive cases were recorded at the locality, where, to date, 187 screenings had been conducted on close contacts, with 55 individuals testing positive for the coronavirus.

The order takes effect today until March 1.

On enforcement activities, Ismail Sabri reported that 1,111 individuals were arrested for flouting the standard operating procedure, mostly involving cross-border travel without the go-ahead from the police.

Police took action against 306 individuals for travelling without permission, no physical distancing (300), failure to record customers’ details (107), not wearing face masks (97), leaving home without a valid reason (68), carrying excess number of passengers (58), and activities at entertainment centres (55).

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