COVID-19 red zones in Kuala Lumpur
With COVID-19 cases in Malaysia soaring into the thousands over the weekend, the government has implemented new policies for all Malaysians to follow during this period of Movement Control Order (MCO). This, of course, included the deployment of the Malaysian military to assist PDRM officers in patrolling towns and ensuring there are no local residents who are making unwarranted visits out of their house.
The government has also identified red zones in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur where there have been the highest number of COVID-19 cases confirmed,. According to NST, the 4 locations named are:
- Lembah Pantai – 90 cofirmed cases
- Titiwangsa – 41 confirmed cases
- Kepong – 24 confirmed cases
- Cheras – 11 confirmed cases
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Note: These statistics are from 21st March 2020, as reported by the Director General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“Intensive” monitoring in these locations
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa released a statement during a live stream on Facebook on 22nd March 2020 and said that these 4 COVID-19 red zones will undergo intensive monitoring. He also said that with the Malaysian military deployed, the number of roadblocks around the city will increase from 40 to 58. This is to deter residents from leaving their houses unless necessary.
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With the recent announcement that only allows the family head to go on essential grocery runs, residents can expect to be checked during these roadblocks. As reported by Malaysiakini, if officers find there’s another person in the car, you would have to provide a legitimate reason and the rest will be up to the police’s discretion.
Additional measures in place during MCO
Other than deploying military personnel and amping up the number of roadblocks around town, Malaysia’s also preparing nationwide quarantine centres to better deal with the situation at hand.
NST reported that 409 institutions across all states in Malaysia have been designated as COVID-19 quarantine stations. Malaysians returning from high-risk countries and tabligh attendees who have returned from events in Indonesia, Philippines and India can seek these facilities out to make their mandatory 14-day quarantine period easier.
This is especially useful for those who are staying with their family, as you wouldn’t want to put them at risk too.
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For the complete list of quarantine centres in Malaysia, refer here.
Increased vigilance in COVID-19 red zones
During this time of crisis, it’s understandable why Malaysians are more concerned than ever about their health and general well-being. It’s an uncertain time for a lot of us here, but knowing that the government is putting out all the stops to ensure our safety is a great reassurance that we’ll ride out this pandemic.
All we have to do now is to play our part and simply stay home for the remainder of the Movement Control Order.
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