Health DG: Conditional MCO didn't fail, most cases in Klang Valley not in community

PETALING JAYA: The conditional movement control order (MCO) is not a failure as most Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley involve foreign workers at construction sites, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said that there were currently two active major cluster outbreaks in the Klang Valley that are linked to construction sites, which are the Damanlela construction site and the Merpati cluster.

“The majority of clusters at construction sites involve foreign workers. If we look at the Klang Valley, the outbreak is not in the community yet, but is spreading among construction site workers, ” he said in his regular briefing on Monday (Nov 16).

Dr Noor Hisham noted that as at Sunday (Nov 15), there were 747 cases linked to the Damanlela cluster, all except 13 involving foreign workers.

He also argued that the conditional MCO implemented in the Klang Valley was not a failure, adding that its positive effects can be seen in Sabah.

“We can make it (successful) if we have the full cooperation of the public. We have also implemented the conditional MCO in Sabah, and we managed to reduce the infection there; we have not seen an exponential surge in cases, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said that while a spike was seen on Oct 24,26 and Nov 6, these spikes were due to the outbreak and mass screening carried out in prisons.

He added the cost to the economy will be too high if the MCO were to be implemented.

“I do not see the conditional MCO as a failure, I see it as an option to strike the right balance between lives and livelihoods.

“If you ask me, we should go all-out for health and life and basically implement an MCO, but it’s going to be costly, ” he said.

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