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MCO Might Be Coming Back If We Continue Being Ignorant

MCO Might Be Coming Back If We Continue Being Ignorant

A Minister says it’s likely if new daily cases hits triple digits.

Hakim Hassan

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We might see the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) make a comeback.

What you need to know: Cases are on the rise and a number of Malaysians being wilfully ignorant about it is not helping.

There’s a steady rise in the number of cases in the country and Kuching now is a red zone with 41 new cases.

Those coming back to the country now will be assigned at quarantine centres upon arrival, previously they can just do that at home.

This is because many are not doing their second Covid-19 test after returning back from overseas.

Authorities say that 2,897 individuals under mandatory quarantine at home haven’t undergone their second COVID-19 screening test after 13 days of returning from abroad.

What’s going to happen next: MCO, possibly.

According to reports, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the government yesterday agreed in principle to tighten the SOP related to MCO and is expected to make an announcement after the Ministers’ meeting on Monday.

If it rises up to the hundreds daily, the it’s likely that it’ll be implemented.

What do the stats say: Other than on 23 July, Malaysia has been consistently recording double digit cases in the span of a week from 19 July until 25 July with one fatality.

The number of cumulative cases now is 8,884 while the total figure for active cases is 167.

Picture Credit: Outbreak.my

Health Director General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia might face a sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases in the near future if the rate of infection or R-naught (R0) rises above 1.6.

It’s a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.

The rate of R0 is now at 1.36.

When the Conditional Movement Control Order was implemented, it was 0.3.

He said if this rate is increased, that means more people would be infected.

Read more:

Malaysia records nine new Covid-19 cases today (NST)

RMCO: Stop the ‘I don’t-care’ attitude (Bernama)

PKP kembali jika kes cecah 3 angka (Berita Harian)

Ismail Sabri: Stay in your room when observing home quarantine (The Star)


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