The government has decided to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) for another two weeks to contain the further spread of COVID-19, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Now, the third phase of MCO will start from 15 to 28 April. The last day of the new MCO is in conjunction with the fifth day of Ramadhan 2020 which will probably start on 23 April.
The first phase of MCO started from 18 to 31 March before the government extended it to a second phase, from 1 to 14 April. The order was invoked by the Health Ministry under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967, to break the chain of coronavirus infection and contain the outbreak locally.
According to Bernama, a survey showed that most Malaysians are for the extension of the MCO if it meant their future safety, with a spokesperson from the Selangor state police headquarters yesterday expressing how the force is prepared for an extension if it was announced.
Daily infections have been tipping the 100-mark almost daily, but the number of recoveries has also increased with 1,608 cured and discharged as of yesterday. There are 67 deaths in total so far.
In his address to the nation earlier at 4pm today, the PM praised and thanks a wide list of people who working towards the benefit of all Malaysians such as frontline medical workers, food delivery riders, charity workers and more. “The war on COVID-19 is not over,” he reminded us as he urged all Malaysians to make this the “new normal” – referring to the MCO lifestyle which includes social distancing and working-from-home.
Here’s the PM’s full speech:
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