MCO extended to Apr 14

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By Chew Lip Song

THE movement control order (MCO) to contain the spread of Covid-19 has been extended to Apr 14, two weeks after it was supposed to end next Tuesday.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced this is a televised address today after being briefed by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council on updates to the outbreak.

“The upward trend is expected to continue for a while before new cases begin to subside. This means that the government must continue the MCO for a longer period of time.

“I am announcing the extension in advance so that my fellow citizens will be prepared,” he said.

MCO came into force on March 18. As of yesterday, Malaysia recorded 1,624 Covid-19 infections with 1,426 active cases and a total of 183 patients recovered. As of today, a total of 17 fatalities related to Covid-19 was recorded.

“Please stay calm and don’t panic. Eventhough we have extended the Movement Control Order, you don’t have to
unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient. I assure you that food is enough for everybody.
I know you feel burdened but I don’t have a choice. I have to extend the Movement Control Order for your own safety,” he added.

Malaysia is currently under a 14-day MCO which came into force on March 18 as a preventive measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection.

The MCO prohibits mass movements and gatherings nationwide, travel ban on Malaysians as well as restrictions on tourists entering the country.

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