EMCO at Pulapol as more than 400 Covid-19 cases reported

By S. Harrish

A TOTAL of 415 trainees in Sarawak’s Police Training Centre (Pulapol) at Borneo Height, Penrissen Road in Kuching have contracted Covid-19. 

Sarawak police chief Datuk Aidi Ismail said today alone, 295 trainees were found positive. 

He said an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been enforced at the centre from today until Apr 29, according to Borneo Post. 

Aidi said this was necessary in view of the increasing number of positive cases and fears that it has spread to the surrounding community. 

Speaking after accompanying Deputy Chief Minister and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah on a visit to the EMCO operation rooms at the training centre, Aidi said 20 teaching staff and their family members have also tested positive. 

On Apr 13, 61 trainees were infected with Covid-19, with the index case being a trainee who was confirmed positive on Apr 12. 

The trainee from Perlis had arrived for training on Nov 22, last year. 

All those infected are being treated at the centre itself. 

Health authorities have so far tested 633 people and another 2,000 people are due to be tested. 

Meanwhile, Aidi said police have opened an investigation paper over threats against Uggah made by a Facebook user yesterday. 

The threat was left in the comments section when Uggah was holding a daily press conference on the state’s Covid-19 status aired live on Facebook. 

“The police have received the report and an investigation paper has been opened,” he told NST. 

In the incident, a Facebook user ‘Alexis Imang‘ wrote comments containing threats against Uggah. 

Based on checks, the police found that the Facebook account belonged to a school student in Batu Kawa. 

Police have taken a statement from the autistic student and he has been released.