MOH to monitor daily cases before recommending lifting CMCO


KUCHING, June 1: The Ministry of Health will monitor the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia over the next few days before recommending if the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) should be lifted after June 9.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry will look into the number of cases in the coming days.

“If there is no drastic increase in positive cases among the locals, we will then discuss further with the National Security Council (NSC) how the government can enforce a further relaxed CMCO.

“The ministry will also recomend to the government to provide flexibility to other sectors such as education and sports if within a week, the number of positive Covid-19 cases involving local cases remains at one or two digits,” Dr Noor Hisham said at the ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing in Putrajaya today.

With today being the 29th day of the CMCO which took effect on May 4, he explained that the government allowed the reopening of several economy sectors, but under controlled and careful scrutiny; hence various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were introduced.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the ministry have used the modeling method to project the effectiveness of the government’s approach in addressing the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia as well as project public compliance levels, government recommendations and guidelines.

“Recently, the ministry has used the latest information from the number of actual daily cases and compared them with the Covid-19 modeling graph as predicted by NIH. When viewing daily cases among Malaysians infected within the country (by excluding imported cases, foreigners in the community as well as non-citizen cases at Immigration Detention Depots), it was found to be in line with the projected daily case modeling by NIH.

“This certainly represents a positive impact and (results from) actions taken by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19 and the people’s compliance on the SOP as per government’s recommendations,” Dr Noor Hisham pointed out.

Despite these achievements, Dr Noor Hisham warned everyone to remain alert and adhere to the SOP and the recommendations set out to ensure thrtr is no increase in cases within the community. — DayakDaily