Army to help enforce social distancing in supermarkets, markets

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By Chew Lip Song

THE army will assist the police in patrolling supermarkets and markets to ensure the public adheres to social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said the uniformed personnel, together with local authorities, will ensure that shoppers keep a 1m distance from each other and “maybe take turns to enter the markets”, FMT reported.

At a press conference, Ismail Sabri said about 10% of the people were still not complying with the movement control order (MCO).

“Many people still do not want to care about MCO. I hope that with the army’s assistance, things will improve.”

He said the soldiers will also help man roadblocks, go on patrols, and ensure security in places like hospitals, markets and supermarkets and border crossings.

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