In his special address today, prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a four-week extension to the current Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) also known as MCO Phase 5. The CMCO will continue through 9 June 2020.
This extension was under the advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (NSC), explained the premier.
Reiterating that the people must continue to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, he said that 6.64 million workers have returned to work since the CMCO came into force on 4 May 2020. As more businesses gradually open, more people will be out and about. It is imperative for businesses to follow the necessary standard operating procedures (SOP) as outlined by the authorities to ensure everyone is safe.
With the looming festive Hari Raya season, the PM addressed the matter of interstate travel and festive visits. The good news is that neighbours and relatives are allowed to visit each other, limited to within the same state. A maximum limit of 20 people is allowed to visit a home at a time.
Interstate travel for Hari Raya, upcoming Kaamatan, and Gawai festivals are still not permitted.
Also, married couples who live in separate states due to work are allowed the flexibility to travel interstate. They can apply for travel access via the Gerak Malaysia app or make an appointment at the nearest police station to apply.
The sole purpose of the MCO is to help flatten the curve for the healthcare system not to be overwhelmed by the disease.
Based on current data, the MCO has helped mitigate COVID-19 cases, with daily active cases now in the low double digits. Malaysia continues to demonstrate an impressive recovery rate—nearly 75 per cent of cases have recovered and discharged. This is from a total of 6,589 cases to date. The nation’s COVID-19 mortality rate is 1.64 per cent, below the global average. A total of 108 patients have succumbed to the disease so far.
Granted, these are encouraging results. However, it would be a mistake to let our guard down. With no vaccine in sight for the next 12-18 months, COVID-19 could be lingering for some time to come.
It is important for all to practice social distancing, going out only when it is necessary, wear a face mask, and wash our hands (or with hand sanitiser) regularly.
Stay safe, Malaysia.
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