The Borneo Post (Sabah)

EMCO in two Tawau localities from today

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemente­d in Taman Tawau Lama and Kampung Batu Payung, Tawau Sabah; Kolej Tahfiz Sains Nurul Aman, Kok Lanas, Kota Bharu, Kelantan; as well as Institut Aminuddin Baki and the staff quarters in Sri Layang, Bentong, Pahang from April 17 until April 30.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to enforce the EMCO in all the areas was taken a er the risk assessment carried out by various agencies in the Movement Control Order (MCO) technical commi ee as well as on the advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH).

He said the MOH confirmed that there was a high rate of infectivit­y thus far, with five positive cases reported from nine screenings carried out in Taman Tawau Lama, while eight individual­s tested positive out of 12 screened in Kampung Batu Payung.

In Kolej Tahfiz Sains Nurul Aman, Ismail Sabri said a total of 31 positive cases were recorded in the locality out of the 56 screened thus far, with the MOH confirming a high rate of infectivit­y there.

As for Institut Aminuddin Baki and staff quarters, he said the MOH had carried out 420 screenings and, of the total, 15 positive cases were recorded.

“The MOH also confirmed a sudden spike in cases in the past week (in the institute), while 247 samples are still awaiting their results,” he said in a statement on Friday.

According to Ismail Sabri, the implementa­tion of the EMCO in all the areas was to ensure the movement of the residents could be controlled, facilitate the MOH in carrying out targeted screening as well as prevent the virus from spreading in the localities and to other communitie­s.

Meanwhile, he said 82 individual­s were detained and compounded for flouting the standard operating procedure (SOP) on Thursday.

As for the country’s borders, he said three illegal immigrants were arrested under Op Benteng on Thursday while four land vehicles were seized. - Bernama

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