Sabah will be under lockdown until 12 October.
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With 1,195 cases of Covid-19 confirmed across 4 districts in Sabah, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that a Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) will come into effect in Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna starting midnight tonight.
The almost 1,200 cases were recorded between 1st and 27th September with Tawau recording the highest number of cases (634) followed by Semporna (255), Lahad Datu (241) and Kunak (65).
“Taking into account the number of cases, the government has under the advice of the Health Minister decided to implement an administrative Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in these areas,” read a statement by Ismail Sabri today.
The TEMCO will take effect from 12.01am on 29 September 2020 and last till 12 October effecting 962,661 inhabitants.
Under the TEMCO, all residents are not allowed to leave the TEMCO area while it is in effect, non-residents and visitors are not allowed to enter the four districts, all business activities are halted other than essential goods and services, Medical Bases will be set up in the area, and all entrances and exits will be closed.
“To ensure the order is adhered to, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Armed Forces (ATM), Civil Defence Force (APM), People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA), as well as local authorities and empowered officers, will control all effected areas.”
The statement also said those needing assistance or clarification can call District Police Headquarters as follows.
Lahad Datu: 089-881255
According to Astro Awani, Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had explained that the government could not implement the TEMCO before the state elections to honour the people’s rights and freedom to vote and choose a new administration.
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