Flatten the curve and we’ll shorten CMCO, says Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: The conditional movement control order which has been imposed until December almost nationwide can be shortened if Malaysia manages to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 infections, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

To do so, the Health director-general said the onus was on the people to comply with the ministry’s standard operating procedure (SOP).

“The projection for the conditional MCO is for it to be implemented over four weeks, but if we manage to flatten the curve, we can lift the conditional MCO earlier and go back to the recovery phase.

“That means we can allow more activities to resume, but you still have to observe the SOP, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 briefing here.

He said SOP compliance was an issue among the public.

“It is important that everyone cooperate with the ministry.

“If everyone can play their role, if they can stay at home for two weeks, we can contain the outbreak, ” he said.

On Nov 7, the government announced all states in Peninsular Malaysia except for Perlis, Kelantan and Pahang would be under conditional MCO until Dec 6.

The order is also enforced in affected districts in Sabah.

Under the conditional MCO, schools and universities are closed while sports activities are heavily restricted.

Economic activities are allowed but they are limited to shorter operating hours than normal.

Dr Noor Hisham said with the current Covid-19 wave, which began late September, the virus already spread within the community and therefore required extra precaution.

“There will be no normalcy, so that’s why we are adjusting to new norms because the virus is already in the community.

“We need to live with the virus and adapt to survive, and prevent ourselves from being infected, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said since the conditional MCO was implemented in October, there were “positive signs” in terms of the reduction of infectivity rates.

“Now, we need to ensure we can contain the infection and reduce it further, ” he added.

Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham announced that Malaysia recorded 972 new Covid-19 infections, with Sabah reporting the most with 370 cases.

He also reported eight new Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the nation’s death toll to 294.

He said another 1,345 patients were discharged, bringing the total number of people who have recovered to 29,579.

This is the highest number of recoveries in a day since the pandemic started in January.

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