Health DG: CMCO could end earlier if Covid-19 curve is flattened

Although projection for CMCO is for another 4 weeks, if infection rate declines, Malaysia can return to RMCO

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) may end earlier if the Covid-19 infection curve is flattened, said Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture).

He said although the projection for CMCO is for another four weeks, if the infection rate is declining, Malaysia can return to the Recovery MCO (RMCO) phase.

“That means we still have to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and allow normal activities to resume until we have a solution, which is, we hope the virus can mutate to a weaker form, but we are also worried if the virus becomes more infective and aggressive.

“The hope is to get the vaccine which the Finance Ministry has allocated RM3 billion for, so, hopefully in time we will have the vaccine as the solution,” he said.

The DG also said his ministry and the government cannot contain the infection without the cooperation and collaboration from the public.

Malaysia recorded 1,345 of Covid-19 recovered cases yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of fully recovered cases from the virus to 29,579.

Sabah recorded the most cases at 967, followed by Selangor (235 cases), Negri Sembilan (63 cases), Labuan (48 cases), Penang (17 cases), Sarawak (7 cases), with Kedah, Perak, Melaka and Kelantan recording two cases each respectively. As of noon yesterday, a total of 972 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of positive cases in Malaysia to 41,181.

Of the figure, there were five imported cases involving two citizens and three non-citizens arriving into the country, while the total number of active cases is 11,308.

Sabah recorded 370 of the total positive cases, the states in the Klang Valley recorded 165 cases and a total of 14 cases reported were related to clusters in the Temporary Detention Centre (PTS) and prisons.

This involves the PTS Tawau cluster (six cases), Sandakan Prison cluster (four cases) and Kepayan Prison cluster (four cases).

To date, there are 86 positive cases being treated in the intensive care unit, in which 31 cases require respiratory assistance and eight deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 294 cases.

The DG also announced that the Bah Perdana cluster has ended, but an addition at additional six new clusters have been detected.

They are namely the Nahaba cluster and Numbak cluster, both in Sabah; Perigi cluster in Klang, Selangor; Seri Terapi cluster in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, and Alor Gajah, Melaka; Padang cluster in Kota Tinggi, Johor; and Harmoni cluster in Putrajaya.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 717 individuals were arrested on Sunday for breaching SOPs.

Of that number, a total of 704 individuals were compounded, while 11 were remanded and two were on police bail.

Among the offenses, failure to comply with physical distancing instructions recorded the highest offence with 205 cases, not wearing a face mask (118), premises operating overtime (110) and entertainment activities (103).