The Borneo Post (Sabah)

EMCO in KK school, three areas each in LD and Tawau from today


KUALA LUMPUR: The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be enforced in several areas in Sarawak, Kelantan and Sabah starting today (Sunday) until May 1, said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In a statement on the Conditiona­l and Recovery MCO oN Saturday, he said the EMCO enforcemen­t follows a risk assessment by various agencies in the MCO technical committee and the advice of the Health Ministry (MOH).

The areas in Sabah involved are Sekolah Menengah Agama in Kota Kinabalu; three localities in Lahad Datu and three housing areas in Tawau district.

The three localities in Lahad Datu are Kampung Bikang, Kampung Kadumu and Taman Khazanah Indah, while in Tawau, the housing areas involved are Taman Hilltop, Taman Bukit Bintang and Taman Berkley.

The other areas are Kampung Tengah in Betong district and Taman Mesra Bako in Kuching; and Sekolah Menengah Sains Machang in Kelantan.

Ismail Sabri said the EMCO was enforced at the respective areas after the MOH confirmed the spread of the coronaviru­s in the localities, with a high infectivit­y rate.

The implementa­tion of the EMCO is also to facilitate the MOH to carry out targeted screening on all residents, as well as to control the movement of the people and avoid the spread of infection in the community.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the EMCO at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah campus in Kota Kinabalu would be extended until May 2.

He said the MOH reported that Covid-19 was still spreading on the campus and the result of 1,956 screening samples was still pending.

“To date, the MOH has conducted 4,524 screening tests, out of which, 28 positive cases were reported in this locality,” he said.

In a related developmen­t, Ismail Sabri said the MCO in Keningau district and EMCO at Kampung Pagalungan Ansip, Keningau and Kampung Kalindukan, Nabawan in Sabah would end today (April 18) as scheduled.

At the same time, the EMCO in five areas in Pekan, Pahang involving Taman Mentiga Jaya, Taman Perdana, Perkampung­an Peramu Jaya 3, Taman Sepekan Makmur and Kampung Pulau Serai ended Saturday, earlier than scheduled (April 22), except for the Pulau Serai Integrated Community Centre which has been extended until April 22.

Meanwhile, he said 72 individual­s were arrested on Saturday for violating the standard operating procedures and all of them were compounded.

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