KEMTA COVID-19 Outbreak Under Control 

The sixth meeting of Perak Security Council came to a verdict that the COVID-19 outbreak at the Kamunting Correctional Detention Centre (KEMTA) is under control and there is yet a requirement to execute the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

According to Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, the outbreak only involves a block specially for detained individuals with high risk of infection. 

“As a step to prevent the virus from reaching officers, staff and their families, KEMTA management has tightened their staff assignment procedures,” he said in a media statement today (October 16). 

“The number of staff assigned at the said block has been limited and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory during their shift,” Faizal added. “The effort to break the infection chain is jointly done with Taiping Hospital and the district health office.”

He also mentioned, KEMTA management ensures that there isn’t any physical contact between staff in shift and detained individuals.

“Movements to and from the detention centre have also been stopped to prevent further outbreak.

“There aren’t any new cases in the Batu cluster as of today. Thus, Perakeans, especially those living in Kamunting and Taiping are urged to remain calm and not spread invalid information,” Faizal expressed.

The state government wishes for the public to always maintain the new norm discipline in preventing the virus infection among the community.


Rosli Mansor


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