NSC meeting to deliberate on enforcing full-scale MCO

KOTA BARU: A full-scale movement control order is among the measures to be considered by the National Security Council (NSC) in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the matter would be assessed and decided on by the Covid-19 NSC meeting in Putrajaya.

“A full-scale MCO is among measures to be considered by the NSC and this will be discussed before any decision is made.

“All mentris besar and chief ministers will also sit in the 3pm meeting, ” he told reporters after the Kelantan State Special Security Committee meeting chaired by Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob at Kota Darulnaim Complex here yesterday.

“The Federal Government sees the spread of Covid-19 as very serious and based on Wednesday’s statistics, Malaysia has recorded a total of 485,496 or close to half a million positive cases, ” he said.

He said the death toll had exceeded 2,000 and this was a matter of great concern.

However, he said the government was also aware that the number of recoveries too had increased.

Takiyuddin said the government had implemented the MCO, recovery MCO, conditional MCO and enhanced MCO either fully or targeted depending on the situation to curb the spread of the virus.

“While positive cases must be treated and isolated fast, control measures are just as important as prevention is better than cure.

“That is why we have been emphasising on SOP compliance and as part of the preventive measures, SOP teams led by the police, armed forces and so forth have been mobilised, ” he said, adding that the latest was to get the local authorities involved to help curb transmission.

He said the alarming increase in cases in Kelantan, which have exceeded 20,000, would also be highlighted to create awareness on the danger and the need to always remain vigilant. — Bernama

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