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‘TRAVEL at ones’ own risk during the ongoing restrictions.

From Wednesday, violators nabbed in public despite the lockdown ordered will be hauled to court.

The Movement Control Order (MCO) enters its third phase beginning Wednesday and police will no longer issue compound notifications.

Instead they should be prepared to be handcuffed, taken to court and charged.

“More than 9,000 offenders were arrested for defying the movement order, and 4,036 compound notifications issued,” Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told Bernama.

On Monday, police arrested 1,374 offenders – 931 of whom were issued with RM1,000 compound notifications, while 418 others remanded and 25 released on police bail.

The Senior Minister’s announcement comes in the wake of an enhanced lockdown order heightened in Jalan Masjid India and its surrounding vicinity which goes into effect Wednesday.

Ismail Sabri said the areas included Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Melaka and Jalan Ampang, based on Health Ministry advice..

This was the fifth EMCO location since the movement control came into force, due to  high number of cases recorded.

This third MCO which will continue until April 28 also brought to light that 26 districts Covid-19 areas were tagged red zones.

Against such a backdrop, Malaysia continue to record progress in its fight against the pandemic virus.

The number of fully recovered patients discharged reached 2,478, or 49.7 per cent of the cumulative positive cases.

Ministry of Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told Bernama the number of patients recovered, and discharged Tuesday was 202, more than the 170 new positive cases recorded as of noon. The latest cases bring the cumulative total to 4,987.

“This brings to 2,427 patients isolated and treated remaining.”

He added another five fatalities were reported, bringing the death toll to 82.

In the wake of developments in the region, Malaysia has proposed that ASEAN formulate an economic recovery plan post-COVID-19 that focuses not only on the financial aspects but also on social safety nets, food security and education.

The proposal was put forth during the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 here today via video conference chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and participated by heads of government of the bloc’s 10 member nations.

In a statement today, the Prime Minister’s Office said the ASEAN economic recovery plan should contain measures to ensure a robust supply chain for the region’s 600 million people.

“This includes ensuring a smooth flow of medical supplies, food and essential goods as well as critical infrastructure to ensure the smooth flow of trade whether by air, land or sea,” Bernama reported.

ASEAN nations should also not impose unnecessary restrictions that can hamper the smooth flow of medical supplies, food and essential items.

Malaysia also urged ASEAN member countries to raise their level of preparedness in order to face the new regional landscape.


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