KUALA LUMPUR: Five more areas in Ipoh, Perak as well as in Sandakan and Lahad Datu, Sabah, will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced.
He said in Ipoh, the EMCO would be enforced at Zone A, Taman Klebang Jaya and Taman Pinji Mewah starting tomorrow until Dec 14, following a spike in COVID-19 cases involving workers at the Kamaya and Salutica factories.
He said based on the risk assessment, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that the infection was spreading at the workers’ residential areas.
“So far, all 1,402 workers of Kamaya Factory have been screened and the cumulative positive cases stood at 228, of which 110 cases involved workers staying in Zone A, Taman Klebang Jaya, Ipoh.
“Meanwhile, from 737 Salutica Factory workers screened, 119 were tested positive and 618 others are awaiting results. Of the positive cases, 89 cases involved workers who are staying in Taman Pinji Mewah,” he told the daily press conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) development here, today.
Ismail Sabri said the enforcement of EMCO in Zone A, Taman Klebang Jaya would involve 1,061 houses and 4,244 residents, while Taman Pinji Mewah involved 1,430 houses, 44 units of shop/office and 5,720 residents.
Meanwhile, in Lahad Datu, Sabah, EMCO would be enforced in Kampung Desa Bajau and Kampung Dasar Baru from Dec 2 to 15 involving 914 houses with 4,934 residents.
He said to date, the Health Ministry has conducted 665 screenings and 90 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the two localities.
Ismail Sabri added that the Sibuga Temporary Detention Centre in Sandakan would also be placed under EMCO for the same period, involving 1,209 individuals comprising 1,104 detainees and 105 staff.
The EMCO is to allow the Health Ministry to conduct targeted screening on all detainees and staff at the temporary detention centre, he said.