PUTRAJAYA: Six Malaysians who returned from overseas were found to be Covid-19 positive, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).
They were among 793 citizens who returned on Sunday and had entered the country via the KL International Airport and KLIA2.
They returned from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Qatar, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, India, Laos, China and Hong Kong.
“The six who were found to be Covid-19 positive were sent to hospital for treatment while the remaining 787 were ordered to observe the 14-day mandatory quarantine at home, ” he said.
Also on Sunday, a total of 139 Malaysians entered the country via the Causeway, Second Link and Pasir Gudang port, and were ordered to undergo home quarantine.The minister also reported that a pub-goer was among 37 individuals arrested for violating the standard operating procedure enforced during the recovery movement control order (MCO).
He said 16 others were held for failing to practise social distancing.
With almost all economic and social activities allowed during the recovery MCO, the authorities have yet to allow pubs and nightclubs to operate.
The task force to check on SOP compliance carried out 62,253 inspections nationwide on Sunday to ensure there were no violations.
Ismail Sabri also said that 1,494 illegal immigrants had been arrested for attempting to enter the country illicitly.
The arrests were made between May 1 and July 12.
The authorities had also arrested 249 tekong (boat captains) and 110 human traffickers.
The minister said 50 vessels and 191 vehicles of various types were seized during Op Benteng.
“Continuous efforts by the authorities including the police, maritime enforcement agency and border control agency will ensure any smuggling attempts, especially at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be put to a stop, ” he added.
On Sunday, police had set up 65 Op Benteng roadblocks nationwide and checked 40,255 vehicles.