NO MORE WARNINGS, CRACKDOWN ON RECALCITRANTS

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It’s the same everywhere. Those who are stubborn need to be dealt with severely. Look what’s happening in India as authorities there come down painfully hard on those who flout the lockdown order. – Citizen scribes / social media visuals.

Police will not compromise with those who defy Movement Control Order directive.

“No more warnings. We will ensure those who defy the order will be arrested. If we find more than two people in a vehicle, we will tell them to turn back,” Johor Chief Police Officer Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said on Thursday.

Later Thursday, the Government imposed a total lockdown – Enhanced Moverment Control Order – in two villages in Simpang Renggam, Johor.Sixty-one of the 83 positive Covid-19 cases were from these locations – Kampung Dato’ Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Dato’ Ibrahim Majid.More than 3,500 residents from 650 families are affected by this lockdown which remains enforced until April 9.

In the Southern State, three offenders were charged in court for breaching MCO while investigations on more than 30 others were still underway.

 

Meanwhile, 36 Malaysians who attended the Ijtima of Asia 2020 Tabligh gathering in Sulawesi, Indonesia returned home in stages this week via international ferry terminals in Johor.

“The 36 re-entered the country via Stulang and Puteri Harbour international terminals,” Bernama quoted the state police chief as saying.

On their return, they were handed over to Health Ministry (MOH) officials to undergo quarantine in their respective states.

“We expect another 30 more from the Malaysian congregation to return (via Johor ferry terminals). We will make sure they go through MOH screenings and quarantined for 14 days.

“They have only two choices to return home, either through Stulang or Puteri Harbour, there is no other way (through Johor),” he told reporters after a visit to the Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal where eight members of the Tabligh congregation disembarked on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health had disclosed between 80 and 100 Malaysians had gone to Sulawesi to attend the gathering that was scheduled to take place from March 19-22.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers cancelled the event.

In Putrajaya, Ministry of Health officials announce 60 new positive cases were linked to the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering.

They were among the 235 new positive cases were recorded in the country, bringing to 2,031 the total reported. Death toll was 23.

MoH director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 45 of the positive cases were undergoing Intensive Care Unit treatment, with 32 of them on ventilators.

He also stressed that immunisation service for babies and children were still being provided and parents advised to follow the immunisation schedule for their children.

“The Ministry of Health would like to remind all parents of the importance of following the immunisation schedule to keep vaccine-preventable diseases from spreading,” Bernama quoted him as saying.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said efforts were ongoing to bring back Malaysians including students stranded overseas.

As some of the countries have imposed restrictions on inbound and outbound flights the Foreign Ministry and Immigration Department are working on a standard operating procedure (SOP) to resolve the issue.

Ismail Sabri who is also Defence Minister said 8.63 million face masks would be distributed to households nationwide.

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