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Four COVID-19 red zones in KL placed under intensive monitoring

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The Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency, Titiwangsa, Kepong, and Cheras have been placed under “intensive” monitoring by the authorities during their Movement Control Order (MCO) enforcement activity.

“These areas are considered as Covid-19 red zones. Intensive monitoring will take place at these areas especially locations with records of positive Covid-19 cases,” Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said in a statement that was streamed live on his Facebook page, cited by NST.

To ensure compliance with the MCO, Annuar said that 5,000 people including 1,413 members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and 1,500 policemen operating in three shifts had been deployed to several parts of the Federal Territory. Apart from that, 1,500 enforcement officers from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) have been deployed on the ground. Doctors and nurses are included in the team monitoring the situation in the federal capital.

“With the additional manpower from the Malaysian Armed Forces, we will increase the number of roadblocks around the city from 40 roadblocks to 58 roadblocks. The increase in roadblocks is to provide assistance to the public as well as to ensure there are no non-essential movement during the MCO period,” he said.

Annuar added that the security and enforcement personnel would also be making rounds in Chow Kit, Brickfields and Selayang since reports have been received that the premises and patrons at these areas have yet to fully adopt the social distancing practice.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has gazetted 11 locations under the purview of his ministry as quarantine stations to house Covid-19 patients. According to Annuar, the quarantine stations will start operations today.

Apart from the additional measures, he urged management committees of People’s Housing Projects (PPR), especially those in highly-populated locations, to play their roles to ensure minimal movement among the people, which would subsequently reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Noting that there are 40,000 units of PPR within the Federal Territory, he urged the management committee of these PPRs to play their roles to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by “minimising movement among residents” as well as “take proactive measures such as maintaining the cleanliness of their respective flats or apartments”.

Additionally, he noted that members of the public who wished to make donations in the form of essentials and food items as well as face masks to the frontliners can do so by contacting the DBKL enforcement office in Jalan Tun Razak at  03-26179505 and 03-26179885.

“We welcome contributions from members of the public to assist our frontliners in carrying out their duties during the MCO,” he said.

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