KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — The dormitory hosting workers of a golf resort in Petaling Jaya will be placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) starting midnight, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
The targeted lockdown will go on for 14 days. All 500 workers who stay there will be screened and tested, the minister said.
“After deliberating and listening to the advice of the Ministry of Health, the special council meeting today had decided to enforce the EMCO at the dormitory of Tropicana workers in Petaling Jaya for 14 days taking effect at 12.01am at midnight,” he said.
“The EMCO enforcement is to contain the spread of infection of Covid-19 among the workers and enable the detection of cases through targeted screening.”
The lockdown will be lifted on October 25.
The Petaling Disaster Management Committee had earlier ordered the 1 Utama Shopping Mall and Tropicana Golf and Country Resort to close from tomorrow for contact tracing and sanitisation after Covid-19 cases were confirmed at both locations.
Malay Mail had sighted a leaked circular instructing the closure of the premises issued by the committee, but which was pending endorsement from the National Security Council.
This is after four confirmed infections involving three staff and one shopper were detected in the mall, while five staff members from the golf resort tested positive for Covid-19.
But the EMCO will only be limited to the workers’ dormitories. Ismail said the movement restrictions will not extend to nearby areas within the gated estate, which also has a clubhouse and residences.
An appeal for the public to cooperate was also included in the memo, urging shoppers who visited One Utama’s Cosmetic and Perfumes section on level-G in Parkson Elite, between September 30 and October 7 to come forward and get tested.
The mall has been ordered to cease operations for a week, Ismail announced today.
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