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Hundreds of Covid-positive people, close contacts visited bazaars and malls in KL, says FT ministry

Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa says some shopping malls were visited by 700 people categorised as close contacts.

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The federal territories ministry has identified and monitored several Ramadan bazaars and shopping malls in the federal capital that were visited by hundreds of Covid-19 positive individuals and close contacts.

Its minister Annuar Musa said the list, which was based on data collected from the Hotspot Identification by Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system, would be brought to the National Security Council (NSC) meeting tomorrow.

“Health Minister (Dr Adham Baba) has forwarded to me the list.

“There are some shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur that have been visited by 700 people who are close contacts. This is dangerous. Such places need to be sanitised and the SOPs need to be tightened,” he said at a press conference today.

He said any decision to be made by local authorities would be brought for discussion first with the health ministry.

Annuar said he hoped city dwellers would continue to comply with the SOPs to ensure the effectiveness of the movement control order (MCO) in Kuala Lumpur which will run from tomorrow until May 20.

“I hope there is no confusion among traders. Business operations including Ramadan bazaars are allowed and the Aidilfitri bazaars can continue based on the operating time set by the NSC.

“If there is information from HIDE of non-compliance, the local authorities can issue the cease operation order,” he said.

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