KUALA LUMPUR – The government has extended the second phase of Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) for two more weeks beginning 5 until 18 February.
Senior Minister (Defence), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the risk assessment by the Ministry of Health (MOH) has recorded an increasing Covid-19 positive trend nationwide, with the exception of Sarawak.
With that, interstate travel and social activities will not be permitted as records showed an increment of positive cases from these two activities.
“During the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) earlier, we loosen this regulation by allowing interstate and inter-district travels. As a result from the leniency, we see a sudden surge of the positive cases.
“Therefore, in the MCO 2.0, we will not relax the rules. We will maintain the interstate and inter-district travel ban and also stopping social activities until the situation gets better based on the risk assessment of MOH,” he said during a news conference today.
Recently, the Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah projected that the MCO 2.0 will be ended after the 4 February and be replaced with CMCO through tighter SOP.
However, in the special sitting today, the National Security Council (MKN) and MOH showed that the daily cases in all states are still on an increasing trend.
Therefore, the rumours of MCO 2.0 being ended tomorrow has not become a reality and it will be extended for two more weeks until 18 February.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said that the MOH and MKN would present their strategic plan in breaking the Covid-19 chain in its effort to overcome the pandemic and MCO.
He said, the MOH had highlighted five strategies, meanwhile, the MKN had presented 10 strategies and the details will be announced by the MOH.
On the request from the business sector to be given leniency, he confessed that he has received many appeals.
He said, the MKN and MOH will study each application and present them in the joint technical meeting among the agencies and relevant ministries.
“The application we received include car wash centres, barbers and hair salons, beauty salons and others. We would not reject these applications just like that. We will study them,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette