More sectors, schools to reopen if Covid-19 figures low, says Health DG

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 May 2020

PUTRAJAYA: More sectors including schools can be reopened if Malaysia continues to show low Covid-19 figures in the first week of June, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said while the country had shown its lowest daily figure in over two months with only 10 cases, the ministry was still worried about the post-festive season impact.

“The success of the conditional movement control order (MCO) over the past 24 days can be seen in the number of cases.

“But the ministry is still concerned about the impact of the festive season, which we will see in the first week of June.

“By June 9, we should be able to make a decision. If the low number of cases can still be sustained by then, taking into account the festive season, we can open more of the social and education sectors.

“We are very cautious before we make changes to our policies, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s daily Covid-19 press conference here on Thursday (May 28).

The conditional MCO is scheduled to end on June 9 barring any further extension by the government.

Hari Raya Aidlifitri was celebrated in the country on May 24 and May 25.

The Pesta Kaamatan festival is celebrated on May 30 and May 31, while the Hari Gawai Dayak celebration falls on June 1 and June 2.

Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham announced 10 new cases in the country, the lowest daily figure since the MCO was enforced on March 18. This followed yesterday’s figure of 15 cases.

There were also no Covid-19 deaths recorded for the sixth day in a row.

Dr Noor Hisham stressed the importance of Malaysians continuing to comply with the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“We hope the public can work hand in hand with the ministry to comply with the SOPs. Social discipline and compliance from all is very important to break the chain of the Covid-19 transmission.

“If Malaysians comply with our SOPs, rest assured we can see single digits in our daily case figures, ” he said.

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