CMCO end in sight? Malaysia records lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, May 28: The Ministry of Health (MoH) disclosed that only 10 cases of Covid-19 were reported today, the lowest number recorded since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

According to the ministry’s director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, this is the result of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), whose successful implementation has been achieved with the help of the public.

“The implementation of the CMCO is one of the government’s initiative to open up the country’s economic activities carefully and also in a controlled manner, while at the same time prioritising Covid-19 prevention and containment efforts.

“So today, with the collaboration between ministries, as well as public and industry players, we have shown that we can bring down the number of cases,” he said in a press conference on the Covid-19 situation in the country at Putrajaya today.

Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that the ministry is concerned over whether the lower number of cases recorded can be sustained due to the festive season in the next two weeks.

He said that although the strategy of applying the CMCO has yielded results, the question now is where to improve further or change the strategy.

“Our concern is during the festive seasons for next week and the following week. If we can sustain and continue to get a lower number of cases, or even single digit, then we will come out with a decision on June 9, 2020, perhaps to open up more social sectors as well as the education sector,” he said.

He pointed that timing is critical and that is why the MoH is very cautious about making any changes to their policies.

“We hope the public can work hand-in-hand with the MoH in ensuring compliance with the SOP (standard operating procedure) set.

“Social discipline, responsibility and compliance are indeed very important in order for us to break the chain of Covid-19 (infections) in the country, if we are talking about local transmissions,” he added.

Earlier on, Dr Noor Hisham revealed that from the 10 reported cases today, five are foreigners, while the rest were locals.

“This bring the total cumulative number of cases involving Covid-19 in the country to 7,629, with 1,345 cases still active and currently being treated and isolated in hospitals.

“As of now, eight positive Covid-19 cases are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), and four of them needing respiratory assistance,” he said. — DayakDaily