MCO 3.0: Economic sector has to remain open or country will lose billions daily, says PM

PUTRAJAYA: The economic sector has to remain open during the third movement control order (MCO 3.0) to prevent the country from losing billions a day, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said the government, however, would keep an eye on factories and workers' dormitories to prevent the emergence of Covid-19 clusters.

"We learnt from past experiences that if we shut down the economic sector, the country loses RM2.4bil a day and the unemployment rate goes up.

"Although the economic sector is closed, we will strictly monitor business premises, factories and staff accommodations to prevent Covid-19 transmissions.

"So, I am urging employers and workers to adhere to workplace SOPs at all times and to implement work-from-home policies to reduce congestion at work," said Muhyiddin during a televised Hari Raya address on Wednesday (May 12).

MCO 3.0 began in the peninsular states on Wednesday and is scheduled to end on June 7.

Education and sports sectors are closed and social activities are not allowed.

Dining-in at eateries is prohibited, but takeaways and food deliveries are allowed.

Malaysia's daily Covid-19 figures approached the 5,000 mark on Wednesday, with 4,765 new cases recorded.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the country also reached a record high of 39 fatalities.

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