Chong: Certain measures can be restarted to curb virus spread

PETALING JAYA: Certain key measures can be restarted under a partial movement control order (MCO) to flatten the Covid-19 curve, says Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

The MCA secretary-general said such measures could help to control the emergence of a third wave as it was not feasible to enforce a full MCO.

“The National Security Council should adopt several measures in the coming two weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“One of them is to make it mandatory for those arriving in the peninsula from Sabah or other high-risk areas to undergo mandatory quarantine at a designated centre instead of at home.

“With the exception of getting essential needs, any interstate travel should be banned unless prior approval is obtained from the police.

“All types of functions involving more than 50 people should be prohibited to reduce the risk of infections,” he said in a statement.

Chong said both the public and private sector should allow employees to work from home to reduce the need to travel and lower the risk of infections.

“Identifying confirmed cases through mandatory quarantine can prevent Covid-19 from reaching a larger population.

“Our country’s healthcare system will come under tremendous pressure and may even collapse if there is a massive increase in the number of patients,” he said.

Chong also called upon the people to exercise vigilance and undertake the role of a “frontliner”.

“Treat it as if the MCO is enforced. Refrain from going out as much as possible. Leave your home only if it is necessary and remember to abide by the standard operating procedure imposed by the authorities.

“Only when we help and look after each other will we be able to control the third wave of the pandemic,” he said.

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