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Health D-G: CMCO Doesn’t Mean We Are Free, Important To Follow SOP

Health D-G: CMCO Doesn’t Mean We Are Free, Important To Follow SOP

Tasneem Nazari

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Malaysians finally feel like they can take a literal breath of fresh air as we venture outside the safety of our houses for the first time after 47 days of confining ourselves to our homes.

Today (4 May) is the first day of the conditional movement control order (CMCO), a modification to the movement control order (MCO) implemented by the government since 18 March 2020 to control the spread of the Covid 19 infections in the country.

This modification now allows, among others, more than one person to travel in a single private vehicle and most businesses to resume their operations.*F

Despite these looser rules, the Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah wants to remind everyone that the MCO has only been relaxed, and not lifted entirely.

Highlighting that the actual last date of the fourth phase of the MCO was on 12 May, Dr Noor Hisham stressed that the public cannot celebrate yet.

Instead, he said it was up to the people and their disciplined practise and compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the CMCO that will help the government maintain the flattened Covid-19 curve and achieve zero daily positive cases.

In our excitement over the fact that we are no longer required to lock ourselves indoors, it is important to remember that for the last two days, the number of new positive Covid-19 cases has gone back to triple-digit numbers.

After 16 days of recording new cases in double-digit numbers, 122 positive new cases were recorded on 3 May, an increase from the day before which saw 105 new cases.

Despite the rise in new Covid-19 cases, the decision to implement the CMCO announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 1 May is now underway and the government will only be closing areas which record an increased number of cases.

If you’re among those who don’t feel like the country is ready to open our doors yet, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told the press on 3 May that the public can report people violating the SOP of the CMCO to the police.

He also recommended that the public download the government’s MyTrace app which can be used to help the government track those who have been infected with Covid-19 and their close contacts.

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