Friday, January 21, 2022

Life under enhanced movement control order

A look at the events behind and outside the barbed wire fencing associated with the country's strictest form of lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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Outside, people can move about but within the barricaded area, residents are told to stay at home.

Some movement is allowed but only under strict conditions and with permission from the authorities.

Otherwise, residents such as this woman in Taman Bukit Angkasa, Kuala Lumpur, must remain at home.

Soldiers make their rounds to monitor the situation in one area that has been placed under EMCO.

Those found outside their home are questioned to ensure that they are allowed to be out and about.

Coils of barbed wire encircle the Kampung Limau low-cost flats in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.

Behind the barricade, a man listens to something on his phone – his only line of communication with the outside world for now.

Barbed wire marks the EMCO cut-off point at the area around the D’Majestic Place from Jalan Pudu to Jalan Landak in Kuala Lumpur, which was placed under EMCO in May 2020.

A resident at Jalan Pudu leans out the window for a look at the outside world.

A road cleaner watches as people carry supplies back to their home. In this particular area, residents are allowed to go in and out for daily supplies but they must undergo screening tests carried out by the health department.

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment use loudhailers to call residents for a mass screening at Jalan Pudu.

They check every person before running the tests for Covid-19.

A man hands a bag to another person through the barbed wire barrier at Jalan Pudu.

Others at Jalan Othman in Petaling Jaya pass essential items through the barbed wire barrier to relatives and friends who have been placed under EMCO.

Frontliners carry the supplies needed for Covid-19 swab tests during a house-to-house screening at Jalan Othman.

A health worker escorts a man to be tested for Covid-19.

A frontline worker directs residents who have gathered to be screened for Covid-19.

A woman walks with her children as a health worker directs a man to the site for Covid-19 screening.

Police and armed forces personnel put on the personal protective equipment needed before entering the red zone at the Sri Penara flats in Cheras.

Others already in full protective garb head for one of the apartment blocks where thousands of residents will be screened for Covid-19.

A soldier monitors the entrance to one of the apartment blocks to ensure that no one enters or leaves without authorisation.

At Tasik Permaisuri in Cheras, staff from the fire and rescue department spray sanitiser around the public hall.

Residents at the Sri Penara flats walk towards the designated site for Covid-19 screening.

Residents line up to register before being tested for Covid-19.

Health workers check each registration as they test one resident after another.

A woman holds her child on her lap as a health worker takes a nasal swab to be tested for Covid-19.

Frontliners carry an elderly woman back to her flat after medical workers finish taking her swab sample.

Once the screening is over, they spray each other down with sanitiser to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

A soldier monitors the entrance of the Mentari Court flats in Petaling Jaya after the area is placed under EMCO.

A resident parts the curtains to look out of his unit.

Police and armed forces personnel monitor an entrance as health workers wearing full protective equipment cross a street in the area.

Police and soldiers check everyone who enters the area, to make sure they have valid reasons for doing so.

Armed forces personnel with guns monitor the main entrance which, like all others, has been encircled with barbed wire.

A police officer makes the rounds in the flats area.

A resident wheels an elderly woman out to be vaccinated as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the EMCO area.

Health workers register residents for vaccination.

Others administer the vaccine jabs to those who have already registered, in a mosque that has been turned into a temporary vaccination centre.

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