EMCO lifted at Tawau village, a day after villagers protest

KOTA KINABALU: The enhanced movement control order has been lifted at Kampung Baru Pasir Putih in Sabah's east coast Tawau, a day after they staged a protest on Tuesday (April 27) over its extension.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said Wednesday (April 28) that after taking into account the general situation, the state government has agreed to end the enhanced MCO in the area.

He said the Health Ministry had carried out 847 Covid-19 tests, of which 23 people were found positive while 824 residents were tested negative.

"Based on the risk assessment by the Health Ministry, the state government has decided to end the EMCO as scheduled for April 28 (Wednesday), in line with the decision of the Federal Government," he said.

However, he said that the authorities will be monitoring the situation in the area.

On Tuesday night, some 350 villagers in the area staged a peaceful but loud protest over the decision to extend the enhanced MCO to May 12.

The Bau Pasir Putih villagers were the second group of people to voice their protest over the enhanced MCO at their kampung in Tawau.

On Saturday (April 24), people from Kg Muhibbah Raya also protested but ended with seven people being arrested.They were all released on police bail.

Meanwhile, Masidi said a new cluster, called the Madai cluster, involved Kunak and Lahad Datu, which neighbours Tawau.

He said there were a total of 30 cases, with the index case involving a market worker in Lahad Datu on April 4 and 11 of his housemates were also tested positive on April 8.

Masidi said that the index case was infected by the mother-in-law who had crossed the district to go to Kunak to meet her son who was a teacher at SMK Madai. The teacher was tested positive on April 9.

He said a second swab test was carried out April 20 on all teachers and students at the school after the first test on April 10 came back negative.

Five students at the school hostel were tested positive, while another two cases involved their family members. A total of six students at the hostel were found to be positive, he said, adding that screening was ongoing.

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