Uggah: MCO in Sarawak will be extended as Covid-19 cases are still high

Muhyiddin (left) and Uggah (right)

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By Lian Cheng and Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 27:  Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas says Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sarawak will be extended.

The reason, he said was because positive Covid-19 cases in Sarawak are still too high, thus the extension, was inevitable.

“Our cases are still high, so we extend our MCO,” Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister told DayakDaily.

Sarawak’s decision did not come as a surprise as Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also announced today that MCO will be extended.

He said tomorrow (June 28) is not the end of the nationwide MCO.

Instead of calling it MCO, he also said Malaysia is currently in Phase One of Movement Control under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) which is scheduled to end tomorrow, but will be extended as the daily number of Covid-19 cases is still above threshold.

He said the current first phase would continue infinitely until the threshold value for Covid-19 cases come below 4,000 cases a day.

“Now they say the MCO is about to end. I want to say that from now on we don’t call it MCO, but we say we are in a particular phase and now we are in phase one (of NRP) until July, maybe middle of the month or so.

“It is wrong to say June 28 is the end of the MCO.

“I want to say we are still in the first phase of NRP, and this will continue until the threshold value of below 4,000 cases is reached, cases in the intensive care unit have dropped from the critical level and vaccinations have increased,” he told reporters after visiting the vaccination centre at the Sunway Pyramid Convention in Petaling Jaya, Selangor today.

Today, Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 toll continued to breach the 4,000-mark and recorded 5,586 cases as Sarawak alone took up 513 cases.

Nearly a month now, the nationwide daily caseload has been hovering in the 5,000-6,000 range and Sarawak’s caseload at about 500 to 600 cases a day. — DayakDaily