PUTRAJAYA: Selayang Baru in Gombak, Selangor, has been placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from today.
This is the seventh area in the country to come under EMCO to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The Welfare Department will distribute food today onwards, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaacob said.
The EMCO will be in effect until May 3 and will affect the following areas:
- Jalan Indah 3 and Jalan Indah 5A, Selayang Indah;
- Jalan Indah 21, Lembah Indah, Selayang Baru;
- Jalan Besar Selayang Baru, Jalan 1 and Jalan Indah 21, Selayang Baru;
- Jalan 3, 5, 7 and 9, Selayang Baru;
- Jalan 2, 4, 6 and 8, Selayang Baru; and,
- Blok A, B and C, Selayang Makmur.
Ismail said the EMCO is to curb the possibility of virus transmission from the Selayang wholesale market nearby.
He added all the residents will be screened for Covid-19 and no one will be allowed in or out of the area.
“All businesses there will close. Outsiders are not allowed into the area,” he said, adding that police, armed froces and others will be on duty to ensure all residents observed the EMCO.
He also advised residents to stay calm and call the Gombak district disaster management unit at 03-6120 1092 or 03-6126 1500 or Gombak police at 03-6126 2247 or 03-6126 2240 for any daily needs.
The sixth area that came under EMCO was the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market in Selayang. The fifth EMCO, lasting until April 28, covered Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and the surrounding streets.
Three buildings in the Jalan Masjid India area — Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion and the Menara City One condominium — are also currently under EMCO.
The government has also declared several villages in Sungai Lui, Hulu Selangor, as well as two villages in Simpang Renggam, Johor, as part of EMCO.
386 held under MCO on Friday
Yesterday, 386 individuals were detained for breaching the MCO, with 332 under remand and 54 released on bail, Ismail said.
Police and the armed forces mounted 830 roadblocks, checking 537,320 vehicles at 5,817 locations.
He said 649 individuals were charged in court yesterday. So far, 19,434 have been detained by the authorities for not following the MCO.
Five out of the 11 temporary prisons at police academies are operating now, Ismail said. Yesterday, 58 people were sent to these prisons.
84 illegals detained while coming into the country
Ismail added enforcement officers had identified illegal trails being used to enter into the country. These were along the west coast of the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.
“Since the MCO began, 84 individuals have been arrested for coming in illegally through such rat trails (lorong tikus).
“We are vigilant because we do not want new virus clusters from them,” he said, adding that various agencies are doubling their efforts to monitor these trails.
As for quarantine centres, he said 209 centres are in operation and yesterday another 1,794 Malaysians returned home.
So far, 16,633 Malaysians returning home from overseas have undergone the 14-day isolation at these centres.
Out of that, 131 Malaysians have tested positive for Covid-19, Ismail said, adding that this mandatory quarantine had proved effective in preventing the virus from spreading to family members and the community at large.
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