Police have arrested an elderly, married couple in Perlis who removed their COVID-19 quarantine wristbands to go grocery shopping yesterday, 12 August
According to Bernama, Kangar district police chief Superintendent Wari Kiew said the 54-year-old husband and his 65-year-old wife were nabbed at a roadblock on Jalan Simpang Empat-Kuala Sanglang.
They were trying to return back to their home in Kampung Kuala Sanglang, which is a Targeted Enhanced Movement Contol Order (TEMCO) area, by motorcycle at around 3.30pm.
The police chief said they were nabbed after behaving in a suspicious manner at the roadblock
"After questioning them, they admitted to removing their quarantine tags, claiming they suffered allergy reactions from wearing them," said Wari.
"They also confessed to using jalan tikus (small side roads) to circumvent other roadblocks as they wanted to purchase groceries," he said.
The couple was released on police bail later in the day. It was not reported if the couple was fined for the offence.
Kuala Sanglang was placed under TEMCO since 10 August after a spike in COVID-19 cases occurred in the state
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said existing Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) will apply in the area but with the additional restriction on local residents from exiting the area.
"Outsiders and local residents will not be allowed in or out of these areas," Ismail Sabri said when announcing the order on Monday.
Under the TEMCO, only business premises under essential services will still be allowed to operate, but from 8am to 6pm.
"Besides that, movement within TEMCO areas is permitted while food supplies are allowed in for grocery stores to restock," he said.
Ismail Sabri added that all government offices, schools, and places of worship located in the affected areas will be closed or restricted with conditions.
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