SOP measures to be tightened amid increasing Covid-19 cases

Ismail Sabri addressing the MCO press conference.

KUCHING, July 25: The federal government is looking at tightening the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) following concerns over the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country over the past week.

According to Bernama, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that the government had agreed in principle to tighten SOPs under Movement Control Order (MCO) which had been eased under Recovery MCO.

“In principle, the decision has been agreed upom during the Special Ministerial Meeting on implementation of MCO today.

“The Technical Committee will be discussing the matter tomorrow (July 26) to finetune the SOP before tabling it at the Cabinet ministers meeting on Monday,” he told a press conference on the RMCO development in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) today.

Meanwhile, the government is giving until tomorrow (July 26) for 2,897 individuals serving home quarantine, who have yet to undergo a second Covid-19 screening test on the 13th day of quarantine, to get the test done.

Ismail warned that those who fail to comply with the instruction within the next two days would be detained, remanded and brought to court.

“No more compromises, warnings and advice because they can endanger the lives of others.

“If they are stubborn, on Monday, the police will arrest and detain them… no compound (but they will be) charged in court immediately,” he pressed.

He emphasised that this measure had been agreed upon during the Special Ministerial Meeting on MCO implementation in the Prime Minister’s Department, Putrajaya today.

“The government views this matter seriously because there have been cases where individuals serving home quarantine were tested positive on the 13th day and we are afraid that they would cut off the wristband.

“We want to remind them that we have their (information) names and addresses,” he added.—DayakDaily