Ministry studying post-MCO strategy

PETALING JAYA: Plans are underway to continue combating Covid-19 after the completion of phase three of the movement control order (MCO) on April 28, says the health director-general.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry was studying the next course of action.

“Preparations must start now to implement strategies after the third phase. It is possible that after the third phase, we cannot return to a ‘normal’ life.

“It may be that the Health Ministry will advise people to (continue to) practise social distancing and not to organise gatherings,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said efforts to break the Covid-19’s chain of transmission would continue past the MCO period.

“We have to look at the industries or how we will conduct our daily activities, according to the Health Ministry’s advice from time to time,” he said at his daily press briefing in Putrajaya yesterday.

The first phase of the MCO was from March 18-31 and second phase from April 1-14. The third phase is from April 15-28.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry was constantly monitoring data to check if projections to reduce the number of cases would be met.

Malaysia recorded 184 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, raising the tally to 4,530, with the death toll at 73 with three new deaths.He said 165 patients had recovered and been discharged, with total recoveries of 1,995 accounting for 44% of the total number of cases.

Seventy-two patients are in intensive care.

Dr Noor Hisham said as of Friday, 224 ministry healthcare personnel had tested positive for Covid-19.

He added that based on investigations, the cases were not from handling or treating patients suffering from the disease.

About 150 cases were spread within the community, he said, with 41 cases occurring as a result of treating Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) patients or those unaware that they had Covid-19. The rest of the cases were still under investigation, he said.

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