A workers’ flat in Anjung Tawas Damai, Ipoh was placed under an enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting today (March 1) until March 14, following the outbreak of COVID-19-positive cases involving factory workers from Imperial Garments, an industrial company near the flat at Jalan Tasek Avenue.
84 personnel from uniformed bodies comprising Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), The People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) and Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) are assigned in the flat’s locality.
According to the Ipoh district police chief, Assistant Commissioner A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz, the flat is home to 439 out of 653 total workers for the company, in which 377 were reported positive of the virus.
“43 are local workers that are currently receiving treatments at various health facilities in the district, while the remaining are non-citizen workers who’ve been moved to the COVID-19 treatment and quarantine centre (PKRC) established at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor.
“Also, we’re in efforts to track down 23 more (non-citizen) workers of the company who are currently missing. We request for the public’s assistance in helping us to locate these individuals as soon as possible.
“At the moment, there are only 181 residents who reside in the flat. The district health office is currently working with the company involved to move remaining workers living in other places into the flat to facilitate better control and prevention of the virus infection chain.”
He told reporters so during a media session at the operations control post (PKTK) near the flat today.
“The situation is very much under control here. Thus, nearby residents need not worry, as necessary work processes have already been performed by the health staff who are aided by us via monitoring and patrolling of the flat locality,” A. Asmadi assured.
“Luckily, most of the workers who were confirmed positive of the virus are either asymptomatic or display only mild symptoms.
“We would also like to convey our utmost appreciation to the public who provided much information to the police regarding SOP compliance and related matters. They’ve helped us tremendously,” he expressed.