Cops carry out 62,000 checks, nab 178 for flouting Covid-19 SOPs

Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says police checked 26,000 vehicles yesterday as part of Ops Benteng.

PETALING JAYA: Police arrested 178 people yesterday for flouting SOPs under the recovery movement control order (RMCO), Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

He said eight of them had been remanded while 169 were fined for participating in activities that made physical distancing difficult, with another granted bail.

A task force led by police made more than 62,000 checks yesterday to ensure people were complying with SOPs under the RMCO.

As part of the ongoing Ops Benteng, police also mounted 65 roadblocks nationwide and detained one foreigner for flouting immigration laws. More than 26,000 vehicles were inspected.

Meanwhile, 8,011 people have flown into the country from July 24 to Aug 8. They have been placed at 31 hotels and other government institutions nationwide for mandatory quarantine.

Overall, 20 people have tested positive for Covid-19.