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Malaysia Is Not Ready To End MCO Yet, Says Doctor

Malaysia Is Not Ready To End MCO Yet, Says Doctor

Hakim Hassan

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Senior Consultant Paediatrician Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS said the country is not yet ready to end the Movement Control Order (MCO) as we’re still lacking in a few criteria set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Out of the six stipulated by WHO, he mentioned that we’re still lacking in testing and screening; health system capacity; contact tracing and community mindset.

Below are the six criteria listed by the organisation:

  • Transmission is controlled
  • Health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact
  • Outbreak risks are minimised in special settings like health facilities and nursing homes
  • Preventive measures are in place in workplaces, schools and other places where it’s essential for people to go
  • Importation risks can be managed
  • Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the ‘new norm’

To halt the spread of Covid-19, he said the public has to play a role and take responsibility, an area which Dr Amar added Malaysians are still lacking.

He also said that although the spread is still controllable, there are still new infection cases which means the disease is still spreading and if we’re not careful, it can cause an even larger second and third wave.

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