KUALA LUMPUR NOV.13: The government has decided to allow three people travelling in a private car including the driver similar to the taxis and e-hailing services effective from today.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) only allows two persons including the driver for a private car.
However he said, this SOP had caused difficulty for the police to use their discretions in cases like taking along aged/sick parents or bringing two children because nobody is taking care of them at home.
“The government has listened to the peoples’ problems and because of that the SOP is changed starting from today.
“These two persons are allowed provided they are from the same house,” said Ismail in his daily press conference held here today.
As the Hindus will be celebrating the Deepavali festival tomorrow, Ismail advised the people to adhere to the SOP set by the government as many police patrol cars will be making their rounds at residential areas and villages.
He said, the SOPs set by the government are applied to all communities, religions and the festivals they celebrate.
On the situation of Enhanced MCO that was imposed on Kg. Haji Baki, Kuching effective from 28th Oct. until 10th Nov. and then extended to 24th Nov., the government has decided that the Order be lifted today following the results of the COVID-19 tests have shown that there is no new case detected since seven days ago.
However Ismail said, the EMCO that was imposed on Labuan effective 17th Oct. until 30th Oct. and then extended until 13th Nov. be extended effective 14th Nov. until 6th December 2020 following 354 new cases had been detected on 12th Nov. contributing to the total of 1,135 cases
“The EMCO is implemented to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to enable the health staffs to carry out Active Case Detection in the targeted places that have been identified as high risk areas.
In another development, Ismail said, until 12th Nov., 51,251,715 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded globally with 1,270,830 death cases.
“Malaysia has recorded 42,872 COVID-19 cases or 0.08% compared to the global figures and 302 death cases or 0.02% from the total deaths.
“In United Kingdom, the total population is twice more than Malaysia, but 1,290,195 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded with 50,928 deaths.
“These figures have shown that the total number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia could be controlled and the health strategy that has been implemented by the government has been successful,” said Ismail. –Malaysia World News