Ex-deputy health minister: Selangor, KL EMCO shows govt’s failure in use of data

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The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) announced in parts of Selangor and certain areas in Kuala Lumpur have shown that the government has failed to obtain granular data on where active cases are located.

Former deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said after four weeks of a total lockdown, cases should have gone down since the public had been forbidden from travelling more than 10km except to buy daily essentials.

Lee said the government should not punish ordinary people when it was obvious that workplaces had not complied with the SOPs.

“For example, in Selangor, most clusters are from factories. Why is it so? It’s because they are not following the SOP,” the Gopeng MP said.

He added that hospitals ran the greatest risk of where clusters could form, however, that did not seem to be the case.

“There are a lot of people going in and out of a hospital building and this includes Covid-19 patients, suspected Covid-19 patients and people who don’t know they have Covid.

“At Hospital Kuala Lumpur, for example, there are more than 10,000 people entering or leaving in a day, but it has not been the source of any cluster,” he said.

Lee said, therefore, factories should learn from hospitals and follow very strict SOPs, otherwise, the Covid-19 curve will never be flattened.

Senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday announced that 34 sub-districts in Selangor and 14 localities in KL would be placed under the EMCO for two weeks starting from Saturday.

Lee criticised the move to place so many districts in both Selangor and KL under the EMCO, instead of targeting specific localities.

He also questioned why Negeri Sembilan had not been placed under an EMCO like Selangor, seeing that the ratio of daily cases against the population was similar between the two states. – FMT