PUTRAJAYA MAY 2: The social discipline and responsibility of the community during the enforcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that starts on May 4 is very important as the battlefield to curb COVID-19 is now different from the earlier phases.
Director General of Health, Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said, in the CMCO phase, economic sectors begin to resume and people start to work hence there will be massive movements from one place to another.
“The only way to curb COVIC-19 in this recovery period is by adhering strictly to the standard operating procedure (SOP) that has been set by the government /Ministry of Health at the work and in the public places.
“The government alone cannot achieve the objective of breaking the transmission chain of the corona virus but with the cooperation and the empowerment of the community in complying with the SOP, the COVID-19 infection will be curbed.
“In view of COVID-19 will remain at least for a year or more, the business sectors have to resume to ensure the people’s livelihood is secured and the country’s economy grows even during the pandemic,” said Dr. Noor Hisham at a press conference here today.
According to Dr. Noor Hisham this is in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines as Malaysia has managed to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections and could slowly open up the economic sectors in stages with strict SOP.
He was explaining the concerns of the public on the new scenario on Monday where the streets and public places will be packed by people going to their work places and how COVID-19 could be curbed at the same time.
The Director General of Health also stressed that the people need not rush to go to work or open their restaurants immediately as they still have to adhere to MCO that is still being enforced until May 12.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, during the enforcement of CMCO, if COVID-19 infection is detected in a factory or any work place, the government could not only close the industry but could also impose Enhanced MCO (EMCO).
“The EMCO could be extended to the whole area, district or state if the COVID-19 new cases are beyond control,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.
Meanwhile, on the current situation of COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said, there are 105 new cases today bringing the cumulative total to 6,176 and 116 are discharged reaching to 4,326 or 70%.
From the new cases, 11 are imported case while 94 are from local infections with 38 non citizens and 56 Malaysians. There is no death case today and that brings the death toll of 103 remains.
He added, from the new cases, 31 were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) while 12 need respiratory aids.
Dr. Noor Hisham also mentioned 60 from the COVID-19 new cases are from the red zone areas namely from the sub-district of Batu/Selayang, Kuching, Titiwangsa and Lembah Pantai. –Malaysia World News