Covid-19: 784 Orang Asli test positive, eight deaths reported, says Perak police chief

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TAPAH (Bernama): To date, a total of 784 Orang Asli residents in Mukim Bidor, who are under the enhanced movement control order, have tested positive for Covid-19, and eight have succumbed to the virus.

Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the data was based on the Batang Padang district health office screening on 5,165 residents in Kampung Senta, Kampung Chang and Kampung Sanding during the EMCO period, which came into effect on Wednesday .

On Monday , Senior Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the EMCO was implemented simultaneously on 23 Orang Asli villages of the Semai tribe in the Batang Padang district, starting yesterday until Aug 24. He said the residents had been briefed on the consequences of violating the law as the villages did have many rat lanes.Meanwhile, the Orang Asli communities in the affected areas were also allowed to bring out their farm produce to be marketed but these must be delivered to the nearest EMCO control post to be picked up by wholesalers or buyers.

 

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