Covid-19: Movement restrictions may be relaxed in areas with no new cases in 14 days

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  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry may relax movement restrictions in states or districts that are free from new Covid-19 cases for 14 consecutive days.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said some states like Perlis, Kedah and Penang have recorded zero cases in the past few days, but they cannot be declared “green zones” yet.

“Although it is true that in the last couple of days, we do not have cases reported in these states. We need to consider the 14-day incubation period of Covid-19.

“If within 14 days there are no cases reported in these states, we can consider them as 'green states'.

“It is important for us to take care of our green zones, be it green subdistricts, green village or green states. We make sure they stay green,” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s daily Covid-19 press conference here on Thursday (April 16).

Between Wednesday (April 15) and Thursday noon, the states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Melaka and the Federal Territory of Labuan did not report new Covid-19 cases.

The highest concentration of cases remains in the central region, such as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan.

The government had suggested that the movement control order (MCO) may be gradually lifted according to areas.

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