LABUAN: Labuan Health Department has issued at least seven compounds to the patients under supervision and observation who have violated the quarantine rulings today.

The violation was under Section 22 (b) Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342] for contravention of Annex 14 (Order For Supervision And Observation notice) as issued to them.

Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said at least 15 quarantine-gazetted hotels were checked last night (Friday night) in downtown, and 41 occupants undergoing quarantine violated the rulings.

“There were patients under supervision who had been issued with an Annex 14 letter and being placed in the quarantine-gazetted hotels were not in their rooms upon checked by our teams at around 8 to 10pm, these people had gone out of their rooms without permission and pose health risk to them and the people surrounding,” he said to reporters today.

He said the remaining 34 of the 41 violators were given a final warning with their particulars had been recorded.

In the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Compliance Operation last night, Dr Ismuni said seven food premises were issued with warning for violating the social distancing practise guideline.

“We found these premises were not following the SOP guideline in the table arrangement and this had resulted in their customers were seen sitting close one another,” he said.

He disclosed a total of 37 hotels in Labuan including four-star rated hotels and low-budget hotels had so far been gazetted as home quarantine for the oil and gas-related sector technical and operation staffs.

“We are obliged to assist this essential service sector to move forward unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that is why we strictly monitor the movement of the staffs who are in and out of Labuan from and to oil rigs within the Labuan waters,” he said.

Dr Ismuni said the strict monitoring at the exit and entry of Labuan – Labuan Ferry Terminal and Labuan Airport, food premises and quarantine-gazetted hotels was to ensure the pandemic is controllable.

Labuan was declared as COVID-19 green zone based on Health Ministry (MoH)’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) infographics on May 2.