Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, in a special address today, announced the extension of the current Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until 31 December 2020. The current control order which commenced on 10 June was due to end on 31 August 2020.
The extension of the RMCO comes on the back of a statement by the World Health Organisation that the COVID-19 pandemic would last for at least two years. Globally, there have been 22 million positive COVID-19 cases to date, with over 780,000 casualties. The search for a vaccine is ongoing.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has also recently recommended that the current RMCO be extended.
While new cases have dwindled in recent weeks, Malaysia still faces threats from new clusters such as the Sivangangga, Tawar, and Sala clusters in Kedah; Sanglang in Perlis, as well as in Sarawak. The PM said such risk must be mitigated with swift and stern action.
The government is also tightening border control. That aside, it has also made 14-day quarantine mandatory for all Malaysian nationals and foreigners returning/entering the country.
In the event of a surge of new cases, the government will impose the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) at affected areas.
The government also agrees with the MOH’s suggestion to increase the compound for Infectious Diseases Act violators. It is mulling a increase of compound by at least 2-3 times. This move however, will require fine-tuning and amendments to Act 342.
As of today, Malaysia has recorded a total of 9,306 positive cases, with 125 fatalities. There are 177 active cases remaining, with eight patients in the ICU. Malaysia continues to exhibit an impressive recovery rate, one of the highest globally at 97.03 per cent, with a total of 8,994 patients recovered and discharged so far.
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