Further easing of curbs likely

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 31 May 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will recommend the opening up of more economic sectors such as social, sports and education, provided the number of Covid-19 cases remain low, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In highlighting the positive impact of the conditional movement control order (MCO), the Health director-general commended Malaysians for their high social discipline.

“Social discipline is as high as 90%. More importantly, we are seeing the recovery phase. Now, after one week of Hari Raya, the signs look encouraging.

“If the trend continues, we will suggest opening up more sectors and monitor the situation, ” he said in his daily briefing yesterday.Dr Noor Hisham said opening the education sector was important for Form 5 and Form 6 students who would be sitting for their public examinations.

The current phase of the conditional MCO was extended from May 4 to June 9.

“The virus is in the community, so it is important to plan how to live with the virus for two or three years until a vaccine or treatment is found, ” he said, adding that community empowerment was equally important.

He said curbing the spread of the disease was not just the responsibility of the government but the general public.

“If all of us come together, we can break the chain of infection, ” he said.Yesterday, 30 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, bringing the cumulative tally to 7,762 cases. Three of the new cases were imported.

Out of the balance cases transmitted locally, only 10 of them involved Malaysians.

Dr Noor Hisham urged Malaysians, especially eatery owners, to continue giving their cooperation and adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“Errant eatery owners will be given a warning during inspections.

“Action can also be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act with a fine up to RM1,000, ” he said.

He also said 26 illegal foreign workers, who are currently warded in Hospital Sungai Buloh, would be transferred to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps) to prevent them from running away.

“Only locals and legal foreign workers will be treated at the hospital.

“Hopefully, we can improve security at Maeps and provide good treatment to them, ” he said.

This came following the incident of a Covid-19 patient, who is an illegal foreign worker, fleeing from the hospital yesterday.

Police and Immigration officers managed to track him down later.

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