POPULAR Jalan Masjid India joins 21 jurisdictions nationwide identified to be Covid-19 red zones, triggering Enhanced Movement Control Order and intensified disinfection operations.
Tuesday morning saw the grid surrounding and within Jalan Masjid India, including Selangor and Malayan Mansions, come under EMCO following the detection of 15 positive cases.
Foreigners make up many of the residents in the two multi-storey blocks which date back to the 60s, and at the rows of commercial business premises.
Police and military personnel have taken to the ground and mounted barricades surrounding the vicinity.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the emergence of 15 positive cases resulted in the Ministry of Health calling for the lockdown.
This stretch of Jalan Masjid India is about 500 metres from the Menara City One condominiums where an earlier lockdown was ordered after numerous residents were suspected to be infected.
The EMCO sees more than 5,000 individuals ordered to remain indoors in residential units. They are expected to remain within and barred from exiting the vicinity.
Bernama quoted Ismail Sabri who is also Defence Minister saying the order remains enforced all residents are screened and given a clean bill of health.
To date, a EMCO remains in place in three locations – Sungai Lui village in Hulu Langat (Selangor), Menara City One (Kuala Lumpur), Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam (Johor).
Tuesday also saw Putrajaya, Rembau and Jasin categorised as Covid-19 red zones, bringing the tally of the infection’s hotspots to 21 nationwide.
Statistics showed Putrajaya recorded 41 positive cases of COVID-19, Jasin (Melaka – 42 cases) and Rembau (Negeri Sembilan – 41 cases).
Before Tuesday, other red zones were Cheras, Kepong, Lembah Pantai and Titiwangsa (Kuala Lumpur); Petaling, Hulu Langat, Gombak and Klang (Selangor), and Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru and Kluang (Johor).
Also on the list are Hilir Perak and Kinta (Perak); Kota Bharu (Kelantan); Tawau (Sabah); Kuching (Sarawak); Jerantut (Pahang); and Seremban (Negeri Sembilan).
Bernama reports that Lembah Pantai and Hulu Langat recorded over 300 positive cases, which is the highest among areas, with 386 and 324 cases respectively.
In Kajang, roadblocks will come into effect beginning Wednesday at Persiaran Saujana Impian, Grand Saga Highway, Silk Highway, Besraya Highway, and Sungai Ramal.