Seven localities, one in Kuala Lumpur and six in Sabah, will be placed under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO). They will be under the EMCO from June 10 to 23.
These localities are Kampung Sungai Penchala in Kuala Lumpur and Kampung Kebayau; Kampung Batu Layar, Pulau Banggi; Taman Wawasan; Kampung Sungai Obar Batu 7; Fasa 9B, Taman Indah Jaya; and Taman Likas in Sabah. All seven localities have recently seen sharp upticks in Covid-19 cases.
Why the EMCOs Have Been Enforced
In a statement, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, “After a risk assessment and on the advice of the Health Ministry, the government has agreed to enforce the enhanced MCO at all the localities in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah for 14 days until June 23.”
“The enhanced MCO will enable authorities to control movement of people in the localities to prevent further infection and for early detection of positive cases.”
As of Tuesday, health authorities reported 65 cases among residents of Kampung Sungai Penchala. They also confirmed the high infectivity rate of the area over the past two weeks. Kampung Kebayau in the district of Kota Belud, meanwhile, has had 11 cases in the village over the same period. Its current infectivity rate is 68.7%.
Kampung Batu Layar, Pulau Banggi, located in Kudat, has recorded seven cases over the past two weeks. The area has an infectivity rate of 64.6%. Taman Wawasan in Beaufort will also come under the EMCO following 23 cases among residents there.
Kampung Sungai Obar Batu 7 and Fasa 9B, Taman Indah Jaya reported 10 and 18 cases respectively. Both localities are in Sentosa, Sandakan. Kampung Likas, which is in Kota Kinabalu, will be subjected to the EMCO after 22 cases over the preceding two-week period.
Two other areas which are currently under the EMCO will have theirs extended. Ladang FGV Kalabakan Selatan in Kalabakan, Sabah, will have its EMCO extended until June 22. Its original end date was June 8. Felda Redong 1, which is located in Segamat, Johor, will see an EMCO extension lasting until June 23.
According to Ismail Sabri, the Ministry of Health has been reporting many active cases and widespread community transmission of Covid-19 in these areas.
Four EMCOs will end today. Three of them are in Sarawak while one is in Kelantan. The three areas in Sarawak to be freed of the EMCO are Rumah Panjang Isa anak Blonde, Rumah Panjang Ben anak Kuleng, and Sekolah Kebangsaan Telok Gelam. All three locations are in Mukah. These EMCOs will be lifted as originally scheduled.
The EMCO in Kepulauan Tumpat in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan, will also end today. Due to unexpected declines in Covid-19 cases and infectivity level in the area, this EMCO will be lifted ahead of schedule.
9th June 2021 12:26
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