PUTRAJAYA: Several localities in Kedah and Sabah will be placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) beginning June 13 after a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the affected areas.
In Kedah, the lockdown will be placed at Universiti Utara Malaysia campus in Sintok where 18 cases were reported out of 208 screenings carried out there.
Health authorities also found that the infectivity rate among the varsity students was high.
In Sabah, Kampung Kadazan in Tawau will be among localities placed under enhanced MCO after 14 cases were detected with positivity rate at 31.1%
In Kota Kinabalu, the lockdown will involve Kampung Lobou 1 and Kampung Bukit Permai.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there has been a sharp increase in the number of cases where 15 out of 20 screenings at the two villages came back positive.
Taman Villa Felca Nambazan in Penampang will also be placed under the enhanced MCO.
“At the locality, authorities recorded eight new cases within a week. Following a risk assessment, the government has agreed to place these localities under lockdown from June 13 to 28.
“This will allow the authorities to control movement of residents and prevent the spread of Covid-19 to the community outside, ” he said on Friday (June 11).
During the lockdown, health authorities will also carry out targeted screenings on affected residents.