Whole country under MCO except for Sarawak beginning 22 January

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The police and military conducting roadblocks in the rain following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 MARCH 2020 border control Sabah illegal immigrants coronavirus
(Picture for representational purposes only). The police and military conducting roadblocks in the rain following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 MARCH 2020

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – With the exception for Sarawak, the whole country will be placed under the Movement Control Order (MCO) beginning 22 January until 4 February following the increasing trend of the Covid-19 positive cases.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the six new MCO states which will begin their MCO on 22 January include Kedah, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu and Perlis.

Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Terengganu were placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), meanwhile, the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) was implemented in Perlis and Sarawak.

“However, the screenings conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in these six states showed an increment of positive cases.

“Therefore, the risk assessment by MOH and the National Security Council (MKN) advised the government to place the six states under the MCO from 22 January until 4 February.

“With this announcement, it means that the whole country is now under MCO, with the exception for Sarawak,” he said in a news conference today.

Ismail Sabri said, the standard operating procedures (SOP) for MCO remains the same, where all food businesses are allowed to operate from 6.00 am until 8.00 pm.

“Hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate 24 hours, meanwhile, petrol stations from 6.00 am until 10.00 pm unless they are located in the highways, which allow them to operate 24 hours,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also acknowledged the public’s complaints on the operation hours of eateries. According to him, the MOH and MKN will discuss and study the suggestions. –Malaysiagazette

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