Over 400 Compounds Issued By Tawau Health Office For SOP Violations Since March 2020

TAWAU: Over 400 compounds have been issued to individuals in Tawau since March last year for various violations of the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the National Security Council (MKN) to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Health officer of the Tawau District Health Office Dr G. Navindran said that from the total, 30 individuals were charged in court, with two being sentenced. 

“The violations included not practising physical distancing and violating quarantine orders as stated in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988,” he told Bernama here today.

He reminded the public to practise physical distancing and to wear face masks, even when they are in their own neighbourhood.

“What I can see in Tawau is that the SOP is not being followed although the health office has been issuing compounds since last year. The lesson (compounds and sentences) doesn’t seem to be learnt.

“For instance, people in residential areas are still sitting in groups without face masks, playing guitars, drinking coffee. They forget that they need to follow the SOP even when they are in their neighbourhood,” he said.

According to him, failure to follow the SOP has caused the rapid spread of COVID-19 in communities.

“Another example, at the fish market, although many people are seen wearing face masks, it is wrong for them to crowd around and some of them even shake hands,” he said.

Dr Navindran said if the public follows the SOP, the number of cases in Tawau would decline.

The MCO SOP compliance rate for Tawau residents yesterday was still low, at 92 per cent with a total of 757 active cases, including 44 new cases recorded yesterday.

Twenty clusters were detected in Tawau and Kalabakan and the cumulative total of positive cases is 6,612.