The Health director-general said the country’s R0 (pronounced R-naught) value, which measures the infectivity of a virus outbreak, has gone down from 2.2 to 1.5 in the past week.
However, Dr Noor Hisham said the improvement was not good enough and needed to be below 1.0 before a decision can be made on whether or not to continue with the conditional MCO.
“Although there is an improvement in the value, we can do better.
“There is still one more week to go. If we manage to bring down the R0 to 0.3, that would be good. We are still monitoring this every day,” he said during the Covid-19 press conference yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said with an R0 of 2.2, Malaysia could reach 4,500 Covid-19 cases a day by Oct 31.
“Our R0 right now is 1.5, which means our cases could reach 1,300 cases a day. We do not want that, so we must bring it down to less than one,” he said.
Currently, the conditional MCO is enforced in Sabah as well as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Sabah’s conditional MCO is expected to end on Oct 26, while the order is until Oct 27 for Klang Valley and Putrajaya, subject to the government’s decision on the need for a further extension.
Dr Noor Hisham said the decision to implement a conditional MCO was to strike a balance between life and livelihood.
“I think the conditional MCO helps as a full-fledged MCO will result in a very strict lockdown.
“The MCO would have worked in a shorter period of time but it comes with a cost for the country.
“With the conditional MCO, the economy can still function but some sectors such as social, education and sports will be controlled,” he said.
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