More areas in Penang, Sabah and Pahang under EMCO

PUTRAJAYA: More areas in Penang, Sabah and Pahang will be placed under enhanced movement control order after a spike in Covid-19 cases were reported.

The enhanced MCO will be from tomorrow to June 17.

In Penang, the order will involve 13 localities around Pekan Bayan Lepas, while in Sabah, it involves localities in Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kota Kinabalu and Kunak.

In Pahang, four housing areas in Bentong are affected.

In Penang, the areas affected are Sri Bayu, Bayu Tiara, Bayu Nyaman, Halaman Murni, Bayan Permai, Bayan Tiara, Taman Ara Indah, Kampung Bukit, Kampung Perlis, Kampung Masjid, Jalan Mahkamah, Kampung Pak Lah and Lebuh Kampung Bukit.

Health authorities recorded 83 new cases within two weeks and the total number of positive cases reported from these localities stands at 250 to date.

In Sandakan, the lockdown will be enforced on residents of Lorong Taman Utama 5,6,7 and 8, where nine positive cases were detected from 13 screenings carried out so far.

Health officials said infectivity rate in the area is 69%.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Kampung Sepagaya Hulu in Silam, Lahad Datu, had 19 cases from 35 screenings.

He said Rumah Murah Kepayan and Kampung Tanjung Aru Baru, both in Kota Kinabalu, will also be placed under enhanced MCO following 24 positive cases.

He also said that the number of areas under enhanced MCO in Kunak has been extended to 15 localities.

They are Bajau Laut-Palauh, Kampung Cina, Kampung Selamat, Kampung Kunak Jaya, Kampung Singgah Mata, Kampung Kunak Kecil, Kampung Bagiang, Kampung Jaya Baru, Kampung Datuk Haji Zainal Gunong, Kampung JKR Lama, Kampung Haji Mohd Noor, Kampung Pangkalan Lama, Kampung Pangkalan Laut, Kampung Sungai Atas and Pekan Kunak.

The senior minister said there are currently 173 active cases in these localities with an infectivity rate of 64%.

“The government has also agreed to place the enhanced MCO on four housing areas in Bentong, Pahang where there has been an increase in the number of sporadic cases,” he said yesterday.

The affected localities are Taman Bentong Makmur, where seven positive cases were recorded, Taman Harmoni (five), Taman Kole (three) and Taman Desa Damai (four).

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