Four districts in Sabah, namely Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna, will be placed under the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) for two weeks starting 12.01 midnight on Sept 29.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the move is necessary as the four districts have recorded more than 1,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the past 27 days.
hree more Covid-19 clusters have been detected within the country, the Ministry of Health said in a statement today.
The clusters — two in Sabah and one here — contributed to the 150 new Covid-19 cases the ministry reported as of September 27, amid growing concern over the rise in the infection rate in recent weeks.
Only four of the cases were imported while 146 were local transmission, the ministry said in a Facebook post this evening. Active cases now stood at 950.
Mount Kinabalu and the Taman Kinabalu area will be closed from today until Oct 8 for sanitisation, said Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry secretary Jamili Nais.
He said this was after a hiker to Mount Kinabalu from Sept 13 to 14 tested positive for Covid-19 and the Health Ministry issued a closing order notice to the Taman Kinabalu headquarters in Kundasang.
The Election Commission (EC) has taken measures to ensure that the 1,088,711-strong Sabah electorate can carry out their civic duty in a safe environment in tomorrow's state election – despite the raging Covid-19 outbreak. The assurance was made following concerns that the use of indelible ink might cause the spread of Covid-19.
Three election candidates are undergoing two-week quarantine following close contact with an Umno leader who is positive with Covid-19. They are Barisan Nasional candidates Datuk Kamarlin Ombi for Lumadan and Sani Miasin for Sindumin as well as Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan)'s candidate for Sindumin Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that those returning from Sabah after voting in the state election will not need to undergo the compulsory 14-days quarantine.
Ismail Sabri said that the authorities are only encouraging those who return from selected areas such as Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunak in Sabah — where Covid-19 cases are rife — to perform swab tests for their own safety.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reiterated that voters who are Covid-19 positive would not be allowed to leave their hospitals to vote in the upcoming Sabah election.
He said only individuals undergoing quarantine were allowed to cast their votes at the designated voting centre.
"But they must seek permission from the district health office beforehand, as they cannot leave quarantine centres as they wish.
There is no necessity to implement the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Tawau and Lahad Datu despite a surge in Covid-19 cases in the two districts, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said any tightening of restrictions would be done through targeted EMCO in the locality with Covid-19 infections.
A new Covid-19 cluster was detected in Semporna, Sabah on Monday, making it the fourth one in the state after the Benteng LD, Pulau and Laut clusters.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the index case for the new Selamat cluster is case 9969, a 32-year-old Malaysian who tested positive for the virus on September 14 while undergoing screening at the Tawau hospital for premature labour.
The Health Ministry said today it was mulling the mass screening of targeted groups in Lahad Datu, Kunak and Tawau in Sabah following the emergence of three new Covid-19 clusters in recent weeks.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said such measures would however depend on the pending test results of some 2,000 individuals and the effectiveness of strict border control.
A block at Tawau Prison and a community hall centre in Lahad Datu will be used as special quarantine centres for illegal immigrants, who are Covid-19 negative with mild symptoms.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the centres would be similar to the Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Serdang Agricultural Expo Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, to place detained immigrants.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said the government has not decided if an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) should be imposed in Tawau and Lahad Datu.
In a press conference today, Ismail pointed out that there are 511,000 and 266,000 residents in Tawau and Lahad Datu, respectively.
“EMCO will affect a very large group of people therefore, the government has not made any decisions yet.