PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has hinted that the current movement control order (MCO) will end, followed by three months of conditional MCO.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government is not keen to implement the MCO for a long period due to the livelihoods it could affect.
“We do not want to prolong the MCO.
“If we implement the MCO for four weeks until early February, and then followed by a conditional MCO for three months, we hope we can reduce the number of Covid-19 cases to double figures,” said Dr Noor Hisham at a virtual press conference on Monday (Jan 25).
He said the current R0 (infectivity rate, pronounced R-naught) has gone down from 1.2 to 1.06, indicating that Covid-19 cases may be getting less.
“Today the number of cases is 3,048, which is less than yesterday (3,346 cases on Sunday).
“We hope the cases can stabilise at 3,000. Right now, the R0 has gone down from 1.2 to 1.06. But this is not enough.
“Tomorrow, it could be less than 1.06. Better if it is less than 1.
“So we are hoping in the first two weeks of the MCO, the number of cases is stable, and no increases.
“And then, after Jan 27, we expect to see the number of cases go down, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
He said a prolonged MCO will be detrimental to the economy.
“If we prolong the MCO, our economy could be affected. We need to balance health and economy, as well as life and livelihood,” he added.
The MCO was first imposed from Jan 13 in several states and the Federal Territories for a period of two weeks, and was initially supposed to end on Jan 26. It was then extended to all states and the Federal Territories, except Sarawak, and will last until Feb 4.