In a live press conference today (16 Feb), Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the movement control order (MCO 2.0) will be extended in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, and Penang from 19 Feb until 4 March. Initially, MCO 2.0 was supposed to end on 18 Feb.
The Senior Minister said that Kedah, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Putrajaya, Labuan and Sabah will be placed under the conditional MCO (CMCO) until 4 March. Perlis, on the other hand, has been placed under the recovery MCO (RMCO) until 4 March.
— MINDEF Malaysia (@MINDEFMalaysia) February 16, 2021
Yesterday (15 Feb), NST reported that public health experts have called for the MCO 2.0 to be extended. They believed that while the daily infection rates had decreased, this could be due to lower testing numbers during the long Chinese New Year break period.
On 14 Feb, Malaysia clocked 2,464 new Covid-19 cases (the lowest since 11 Jan) and registered the highest daily recoveries after 4,525 patients were discharged on the same day.
The next two weeks are crucial as experts are saying that it could determine if the worst is over.