Affects the economy, MCO will not be extended – Dr Noor Hisham

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Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah MCO extension The police and armed forces inspecting vehicles during a roadblock at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the second phase of Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette /16 JANUARY 2021.
The police and armed forces inspecting vehicles during a roadblock at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the second phase of Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette /16 JANUARY 2021.

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Movement Control Order (MCO) would not be extended beyond four weeks as it would affect the economy.

On the contrary, he said that the efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic would be continued with the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for three months to reduce the number of cases to double digit.

Speaking in a virtual news briefing on the Covid-19 Emergency, Dr Noor Hisham is confident that the high number of cases can be reduced if the measure is implemented effectively.

According to him, the MCO implementation from 13 January until 4 February is aimed to stabilise the number of Covid-19 positive cases.

“If we implement a four-week MCO until February, followed by CMCO for three months, by May, we can reduce the number of cases to two-digits.

“So, we projected the four-week MCO. We will not extend the MCO as it would affect the economy,” he said.

All states, with the exception of Sarawak are undergoing the second phase of MCO until 4 February. –MalaysiaGazette

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