The district of Kluang in Johor will be placed under movement control order (MCO) from May 11 to 24 following a surge in Covid-19 cases there, says Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the decision was made after the health ministry confirmed that 512 positive cases were recorded from 3,867 screening tests carried out from May 4.
“The ministry also reported there were four active clusters in the district, besides the positivity rate being at 13%, while the rate of infection is also increasing in several villages and housing estates.
“With the implementation of the MCO in this district, interstate and interdistrict travel are not permitted,” he said in a statement.
Ismail said the implementation of the MCO was, among others, to prevent the movement of members of the public, especially during the festival season and school holidays, since the community clusters were the highest recorded so far.
“At the same time, it is aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 within the community and preventing further infections due to group activities and social gatherings,” he said.
Ismail also announced that the government had decided to implement enhanced MCO (EMCO) in Kampung Keramat in Semporna, Sabah from May 11 to 24.
“So far, the ministry has recorded 10 Covid-19 positive cases from 101 screening tests conducted on residents in the locality. The implementation of EMCO will help the ministry carry out early case detection and curb the spread of the virus to other areas outside the locality,” he said.
In another development, Ismai said patients who have an appointment with their doctors or scheduled medical treatment only need to show their appointment cards and do not require police permits.
“The government has received complaints from members of the public about having to obtain police permits for treatment or appointments at hospitals and clinics. This has burdened them, especially patients who need scheduled treatment for cancer and kidney ailments,” he said.