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Almost 1 Million Residents In Sabah Will Be Under Lockdown Starting Midnight

The four districts that will be placed under the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) include Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak, and Semporna.

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Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob just announced that four districts in Sabah will be placed under an administrative Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO)

In a statement issued on social media, the minister explained that the districts that will be under the order include Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak, and Semporna.

Since 1 September, these districts have recorded a total of 1,195 positive COVID-19 cases

Ismail Sabri cited the Ministry of Health (MOH) statistics that recorded 634 cases in Tawau, 255 cases in Semporna, 241 cases in Lahad Datu, and 65 cases in Kunak.

He said, "Looking at the number of cases, the government, based on advice by the health minister, has decided to implement an administrative Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in these areas."

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Effective 29 September until 12 October, almost one million residents will be under the TEMCO.

Those living in the areas under lockdown will not be allowed to leave the TEMCO areas throughout the duration of the order.

Meanwhile, non-residents and visitors are also prohibited from entering the affected districts, as reported by CodeBlue.

Starting 12.01am tomorrow, only essential goods and services will be allowed to resume operations while other businesses are forced to halt operations. The areas under TEMCO will have a medical base open and all entry pathways to the districts under the order will be closed.

According to a tweet by the Ministry of Health, the TEMCO will affect a total of 926,661 people. 

Read the Defence Minister's full statement here:

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