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MCO Must Be Extended Beyond Hari Raya Aidilfitri Say Medical Group

MCO Must Be Extended Beyond Hari Raya Aidilfitri Say Medical Group

Kirat Kaur

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Social distancing is the golden child of breaking the Covid-19 infection chain, keeping the number of cases low to ensure that the healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed. This is the rationale behind Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO) that began on 18th March and later extended to 14th April.

However, it just might not be enough according to a group of medical professionals at the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM).

Malay Mail reports that the group is now urging the government to extend the MCO beyond Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

A premature withdrawal or excessive relaxation of MCO restrictions will potentially undo all the good that has been achieved by staying home these past four weeks.

Academy of Medicine of Malaysia via Malay Mail.

The group argues that the balik kampung exodus during the celebrations will negate the effect of the MCO and spread the virus beyond control, especially to the elderly who are at a higher risk.

Risks associated with crowding at R&R stations and failure of social distancing by travellers during this exodus and their subsequent return to urban areas will also need to be taken into consideration.

Academy of Medicine of Malaysia via Malay Mail.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on 23rd May, but there are already rumours abound that the MCO will be further extended over Ramadhan. The decision, however, will only be known tomorrow (10th April) where the government is expected to make a much awaited announcement.

Currently, Malaysia records 4,119 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 65 deaths. At least 69 cases were sporadic where the source of infection cannot be traced. With no cure or vaccine available yet, we’re far from beating the virus.

The war against Covid-19 is far from over — many sacrifices have and will continue to be made this year.

Academy of Medicine of Malaysia via Malay Mail.

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