By John Isaac
KAMPUNG Bako Hilir, in Kuching, Sarawak has been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) along with Felda Kahang Timur, Johor from May 12.
According to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob the two localities registered an increased number of new Covid-19 infections recently.
“Felda Kahang Timur, Kluang, Johor will be placed under EMCO from May 12 to May 25. The Health Ministry had conducted 65 screening tests and found 28 to be positive with Covid-19. The ministry also found a spike in cases and high infectivity rate in the locality. Hence, it was agreed by the technical committee to place the locality under EMCO,” he said.
As for Kampung Bako Hilir in Kuching, he said it had recorded 17 positive cases from 62 screenings conducted on its residents by the Health Ministry.
“The Health MInistry also reported a surge in new cases with high infectivity rates in the locality. The government had decided to place Kampung Bako Hilir under EMCO untii May 25, for the Health Ministry to continue to track early cases and to curb the spread of infections,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry logged 3,807 new Covid-19 cases today, with Selangor again registering the highest number, followed by Sarawak and Kelantan.
A total 3,802 cases are from local infections involving 3,642 locals and 160 foreigners while five more are imported cases involving two locals and three foreigners.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this raised Malaysia’s cumulative tally of infections to 444,484 cases with 37,396 active cases nationwide.
“Selangor recorded 1,149 cases, Sabah (96), Johor (257), WP Kuala Lumpur (320), Sarawak (649), Penang (245), Negeri Sembilan (144), Kelantan (329), Perak (119) and Kedah (224).
Melaka reported 88 cases, Pahang (77), Terengganu (93), WP Putrajaya (11), while Labuan and Perlis recorded three cases each,” he said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, 17 more deaths were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) today, all of them were locals, bringing the total number of deaths reported so far at 1,700.