About one week for Health Ministry to get data on whether conditional MCO achieving results, says DG

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: It will take about one week for the Health Ministry to determine if the conditional movement control order (MCO) in the Klang Valley achieves its intended result of flattening the Covid-19 curve, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said it was still too early to get any projections or certainties on whether the conditional MCO in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya could be extended as it only takes effect on Wednesday (Oct 14).

“For any public health intervention, we will need a bit of time to observe the progress, maybe one week to get the data to make the projections. We will monitor closely and update on the progress from time to time, ” he said during his daily press briefing on Tuesday (Oct 13).

He said that from previous experience of the conditional MCO, they had flattened the Covid-19 curve to one digit or even zero cases.

“We hope that by this, we can strike a balance between health and economy, ” he said.

As the number of cases in Klang Valley have risen in the past week, the government decided to implement the conditional MCO in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Sabah for 14 days, from Oct 14 to 27.

Under the conditional MCO, all recreational, leisure and cultural activities, pubs and nightclubs, theme parks, recreational centres, indoor playgrounds and movie theatres will not be allowed to operate.

As for education, all educational institutions, schools, kindergarten, nurseries and daycare centres will be closed during the conditional MCO.

However, economic activities will be allowed to operate with a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

On those who went back to their kampungs before the conditional MCO took into effect, Dr Noor Hisham said he hoped they stayed at home.

“We are not sure if we are a carrier of the virus and we should protect the elderly in the kampung because they would be more affected. It is a collective responsibility to make sure we don’t spread the virus back to the kampung, ” he said.

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