Adhering to SOP breaks the transmission chain of COVID-19 during CMCO

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PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health (MOH) encourages the people to put on masks in public places during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) enforcement that started on May 4.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, putting on the mask is encouraged but not compulsory while social distancing of one meter from one another besides frequently washing the hands and having optimum personal hygiene will help break the transmission chain of COVID-19.

 “The discipline and social responsibility in adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) will determine the “R naught” or the infectivity rate. Currently the infectivity rate is 0.7 and this is closely monitored.

“During the CMCO, restaurants, industries and other economic activities will have to comply with the SOP or else the infectivity rate will be higher than 0.7 and this is not good for everybody.

“The Ministry will also monitor the places where Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been lifted such as Menara City One, Selangor Mansion and Jalan Masjid India area,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a press conference here today.

During the CMCO, restaurants, industries and other economic activities will have to comply the SOP strictly,

Dr. Noor Hisham also encourages the people to download two apps MySejahtera and MyTrace that detects COVID-19 persons.

He said the apps are free and it is a joint effort between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) with their apps MySejahtera and MyTrace respectively.

“The apps are used for contact tracing and to detect the person with COVID-19,” he added.

Dr. Noor Hisham also reminds the people to protect and give extra attention to the senior citizens, small children including babies and the handicapped during CMCO as they are vulnerable to COVID-19 infections,” he said.

On the COVID-19 situation, Dr. Noor Hisham said, today (May 4) 71 have been discharged bringing the cumulative total to 4,484 while 55 new cases were recorded and this reached the record of 6,353.

“From the new cases, seven were imported and 24 cases came from the EMCO areas while 1,764 people were under treatment while 28 were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and 13 need respiratory aids,” he said. –Malaysia World News.

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