SOP home quarantine violation
Malaysians stranded in India since January 2020 arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and are brought to the quarantine centres in AKEPT and ILKAP for the mandatory 14-day quarantine to prevent the spread of Covid-19. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 JULY 2020.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The government is serious about the incidences of the non-compliance on the standard operating procedures (SOP) for home quarantine.

The irresponsible attitude of certain individuals had caused the spread of Covid-19 to their family members and the local community.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, said that the officers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and police had conducted 2,018 spot checks yesterday to ensure the compliance of the SOP.

“The police had taken action under Section 22(B) of Act 342 (The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988) against 31 individuals who had violated the home quarantine SOP as they were found to have left their residences.

“The investigation papers on them have been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chamber for further action,” he said in a news conference on Covid-19 at the Parliament today.

According to Ismail Sabri, since 24 July until yesterday, 6,473 individuals have returned to Malaysia from international borders.

He said, all of them have been placed in 26 hotels and five Public Training Institutes in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pulau Pinang, Johor, Sarawak, Kelantan, Perak and Perlis.

From that amount, he said, 18 individuals were rushed to the hospital for treatment after being tested positive of Covid-19.

On the complaints of the food quality and dirty quarantine centres, he said, the National Agency of Disaster Management (NADMA) has taken the necessary actions.

“I was informed about that. The hotel has changed the menu,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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