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Malaysia extends MCO to 12 May

Malaysia extends MCO to 12 May

Hakim Hassan

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that the Movement Control Order (MCO) is extended for another two weeks from 29 April to 12 May.

That means now the country is in phase 4 of the MCO which started on 18 March after an increase of Covid-19 cases prompted the government to restrict movement to keep the virus at bay and not strain the healthcare system.

This is despite the coming of Ramadhan which is observed by Muslims as the fasting month. Many states are already opting to cancel bazaars and go for online solutions to connect hawkers to customers instead in light of the pandemic.

Earlier, Senior Minister (Defense) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Malaysians are not allowed to go back to their hometowns during the fasting month over fears that the virus would spread.

Although we must stay indoors for another 2 weeks, the government has gradually allowed more industries to operate during the MCO as self-service laundries and hardware stores were given permission to do so in the third phase.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of 23 April, there are 5,603 Covid-19 cases recorded in the country with 95 fatalities.

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