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Lahad Datu in Sabah to go under MCO tomorrow


The movement control order in Lahad Datu is to ensure the infection rate remains under control and infections do not spread to other areas. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Lahad Datu in Sabah will come under a movement control order (MCO) from tomorrow until April 24 after a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the district.

In a statement today, senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the health ministry had reported a spike in Covid-19 cases in the district — with 103 cases recorded over the last 14 days.

“The MCO will ensure the infection rate remains under control and infections do not spread to other areas,” he said.

Meanwhile, several other areas in Sabah and Sarawak will come under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from tomorrow until April 24 after a similar rise in cases in these localities.

Ismail said Kampung Bukit Belacon in Segama, Lahad Datu, will be placed under an EMCO after the health ministry detected 26 positive cases following 543 tests. He added that the health ministry has observed a rise in cases in the area over the past week and a high infection rate.

Meanwhile, in the Sabah district of Tawau, Kampung Muhibbah Raya will be placed under an EMCO after 30 positive cases were detected following 113 tests.

In Sarawak, the Mukah Polytechnic College and nine longhouses in the district will also be placed under an EMCO.

Ismail said 13 cases were detected after 72 tests at the college, with the health ministry warning of a high infection rate due to the movement of students and staff within the campus.

He added that the EMCO will allow the health ministry to ensure all 1,396 students and staff are tested.

A total of 23 cases have been detected at nine longhouses under the Sungai Daun longhouse, with the EMCO in place to ensure the residents’ movements are restricted and that the infections do not spread beyond the community.

In Limbang, Sarawak, Kampung Menuang Baru will go under an EMCO after 10 positive cases were detected following 165 tests.

Meanwhile, in Kelantan, the EMCO at the Rohaniah care centre at Sekolah Integrasi Ikhwan, Kampung Gong Kulim, Pasir Puteh, will end tomorrow as scheduled after a decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases in the area.

Ismail also said 78 people were arrested by the police yesterday over MCO-related offences.

He said 74 of them were issued compound fines and four remanded.

Most of the offences were for participating in activities which made physical distancing difficult (53).

Among the other offences were crossing districts or states without permission (22) and failing to wear a face mask (10).

Meanwhile, 3,450 compliance task force teams were deployed to conduct checks on 29,327 supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government offices, as well as land, water and air transport terminals.

The authorities also detained 49 undocumented migrants yesterday as part of the ongoing Op Benteng. They also confiscated 13 vehicles.

On mandatory home quarantine, Ismail said 169,581 people who arrived through KLIA were screened for Covid-19 from July 24 to Feb 13 and were placed under quarantine.

Some 1,326 tested positive and were sent to hospital for treatment, while 160,728 have been allowed to return home. A total of 7,527 people are undergoing mandatory quarantine. - FMT

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