Covid-19: 581 nabbed for violating SOPs on Thursday (May 27), six remanded

PUTRAJAYA: Police have arrested 581 individuals for various standard operating procedure violations on Thursday (May 27), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Among the offences committed were not observing physical distancing (191), failure to register details when entering premises (119), not wearing face masks (89), failure to comply with the movement control order (53), cross-border travel without permission (67) and other offences (62).

Of those arrested, 574 individuals were slapped with compound notices and six were remanded.

The task force monitoring standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance checked 76,904 premises on Thursday, including supermarkets, restaurants, factories, banks, government offices and hawker centres.

Also checked were wet markets and pasar tani, places of worship, recreational areas and sea transport terminals.

On Ops Benteng, the Defence Minister said enforcement authorities nabbed 13 illegal immigrants on Thursday and seized four land vehicles.

"Authorities also sighted the presence of 164 vessels in Malaysian waters during six sighting activities carried out on May 27," he said on Friday (May 28).

On screening of foreign workers, 123 individuals were screened on May 27 with no positive cases reported.

Cumulatively, 697,828 foreign workers have been screened, involving 36,102 employers.

Of those screened, 10,319 tested positive for Covid-19.

Effective Feb 1, the government has made it mandatory for all foreign workers to be screened.

Ismail Sabri also said that 792 individuals arrived in Malaysia on Thursday and all were sent to be quarantined at government-designated stations.

Since July 24 last year, a total of 213,025 individuals have returned to the country and were quarantined at 78 hotels and nine training institutes.

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