Targeted MCO might be imposed in highly infected areas, states – Dr. Noor Hisham


PUTRAJAYA JAN.6:- The targeted Movement Control Order (MCO) might be imposed in areas with high number of infections and clusters following the rise in new COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr.Noor Hisham Abdullah said the MCO will not be imposed on the whole country like the one implemented on March 18, 2020.

“Our strategy will be changed, more localised and the implementation will be more targeted. Discussions are ongoing and probably the government will make decisions the soonest possible.

“We are looking at the yellow and green states and how to protect and control COVID-19 cases from increasing. For states in the red zones, targeted approach will be taken by looking at the active clusters.

“People will also be restricted from travelling across states and districts based on the trend of new cases,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference held here today.

Meanwhile today the new COVID-19 cases had reached 2,593 and active cases at 24,347.
In one of the press conferences, Dr. Noor Hisham had said the hospitals nationwide could accommodate 23,000 patients at a time.

Today Dr. Noor Hisham said, the health system has been pressured and at a “breaking point” due to the increase of cases every day.
“We may not be able to accommodate patients in our facilities. The best are not only enhancing our healthcare system but to reduce the load,” he said.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the upcoming strategy was to achieve the balance between lives and livelihoods.

On another development, 1,129 patients had been discharged adding to the cumulative total to 100,578 or 80.2% from the grand total of cases.

The latest record of 2,593 new COVID-19 cases had made the cumulative total to 125,438 with 141 cases admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and 67 needed respiratory aids.
Meanwhile four deaths were recorded, adding the death toll to 513 or 0.41% from the total number of cases.

On the other hand, 11 new clusters had been formed today and it includes Dataran Utas in Petaling, Selangor with 66 cases; Casa Permai, Petaling, Selangor (109 cases); Medan Jasa in Petaling, Selangor, Kuala Kangsar, Perak and Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur (44 cases); Tasik Utama in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and Hulu Langat, Selangor (49); Firma in Johor Bahru, Johor (45).

Other places with new clusters are Persiaran Teknologi, Kulai, Johor with 25 cases; Bersepadu, Kota Tinggi, Johor (25); Jalan Padu, Johor Bahru, Johor (17); Kg. Pitas cluster in Kalabakan and Tawau, Sabah (72); Ikan Emas in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (35); Kayuh in Titiwangsa, Kepong and Lembah Pantai in Kuala Lumpur (11); Jalan Seputeh, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur (18) and Anak Air, Melaka Tengah and Jasin in Melaka (14).

However the states with new COVID-19 cases are Selangor with 965 cases, Johor (571); Sabah (405); Kuala Lumpur (265); Negeri Sembilan (125); Penang (77), Perak (34); Kedah (42); Labuan (9); Pahang (11); Melaka (13); Sarawak (5), Kelantan (43); Terengganu (19) and Putrajaya (9). _Malaysia World News

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