MCO relaxed, but the Covid-19 threat is still present


A security guard carrying out temperature screening for customers before they are allowed to enter a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. – FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): With the conditional movement control order (MCO) now in force, many are wondering if they can resume their regular routines and meet with friends or go shopping.

However, the emergence of a few Covid-19 clusters – the latest involving a shopping mall in Cheras here – shows Covid-19 infection is still a threat in the country.

However, with the MCO in place and careful planning by the government, the situation was placed under control.

According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, 10 positive cases have been detected in the shopping mall cluster so far, involving nine Nepalis and a Malaysian citizen.

Although the source of infection is still under investigation, this clearly shows that infection can occur anywhere, especially in crowded areas such as shopping malls.

As of Thursday (May 7), the number of daily new Covid-19 positive cases detected are still in the double digits.

The number new cases fluctuates, from 30 cases four days ago, then 55 and 39 on Thursday.

With the relaxation of the MCO and interstate travel allowed for those stranded at various locations to return home, we can only hope that everyone practises self-discipline.

As the government has often reminded, Covid-19 infections continue to happen and it is up to the public to maintain their discipline to end the spread of the virus until there are no new positive cases detected.

Dr Noor Hisham also stressed that although the Health Ministry had the capability in terms of facilities, there is joint social responsibility involving the ministry, the government and all Malaysians to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said so far, the decision to either tighten or relax the conditional MCO would depend on public compliance to the stipulated regulations and standard operating procedures.

As of Thursday, there are a total of 6,467 Covid-19 positive cases in the country, with 1,584 active cases.

The cumulative number of fully-recovered and discharged patients is 4,776, which is 73.9% of the total cases. – Bernama

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