No Social Distancing During Virus Tests at Menara City One

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Residents at Menara City One have chided the authorities for failing to maintain social distancing during a mass Covid-19 test last night.

They said the authorities requested all residents to come down to the lobby for checks.

They added social distancing was not observed in the lifts.

Resident Abdul Salam Abdullah, 74, said the authorities should have tested the residents floor by floor, not all at once.

“What they did yesterday was a mess. They called all the residents to come down. That is not right.

“At 74 years old, I have to stand in a crowd, it is not right. It was like a fish market and we could all get infected,” he told The Malaysian Insight.

Menara City One is the first high-rise residential area to come under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in the capital.

The enhanced MCO had started on March 31 at the complex in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, involving 3,200 residents in 502 units.

Salam said while they appreciated what the government was doing, it had to be more professionally done.

“We would like the Health Ministry officers and police to go and check all the houses.

“We believe there are some residents who did not go for the tests.”

Resident Noraini Abdullah, 73, said senior citizens should be given priority when it comes to the tests.

“When we were asked to go down, the lifts were packed. Only four people should be allowed at a time.

“Where is the social distancing that was preached daily by the government?”


A resident, who declined to be named, said the residents were upset about how the situation was handled.

“The officers came and knocked on our doors, telling us to immediately go down.

“Why wasn’t this done in an orderly manner? We were afraid that because of this (incident) there could be more infections.”

Another two condominiums, the Selangor Mansion and the nearby Malayan Mansion in the Masjid India area, were placed under enhanced MCO on April 7 after 15 Covid-19 cases were detected there.

About 5,000 people live in the 365 residential units are in lockdown.

Selangor Mansion has so far 146 Covid-19 cases, Malayan Mansion four cases, and Menara City One 51 cases with one death.

In areas under enhanced MCO, basic supplies are provided by the government to the residents, who are confined to their homes while health authorities carry out case detections.

Prime Minister Muhiyiddin Yassin had also extended the MCO to May 12.

Up to noon yesterday, 121 patients had recovered from Covid-19 and were discharged from hospitals while 88 new cases were detected, said Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the total number of recoveries stood at 3,663 while the total infections are 5,691. Of this, 13 are imported cases.

The death toll now is at 96. – TMI