No nationwide lockdown, only targeted travel restrictions – Ismail Sabri

By S. Harrish

THERE will not be nationwide lockdown as speculated due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

Senior Minister for Security Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob denied the speculation, saying that instead of implementing a nationwide MCO, the government would continue to enforce inter-district travel bans and targeted enhanced MCOs in areas which have a high number of cases.

“MCO (movement control order) for the whole of Malaysia? Many people have been asking about this, but no, we will not implement MCO,” he said.

“In Selangor, we had 31 cases yesterday. So, it’s not a red state with more than 40 cases. Other states have only one or two new cases. It’s not worrying,” he said, according to a FreeMalaysiaToday report.

Ismail also touched on accusations that politicians were to be blamed for the rise in the number of cases.

Several political leaders from the peninsula travelled to Sabah to campaign and at least two have tested positive.

Among those who tested positive for the virus is Deputy Environment and Water Minister Ahmad Masrizal Mohamad, who is currently undergoing treatment at Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Ismail Sabri said only around 130 out of the 13,000 people who returned from Sabah have tested positive in the peninsula.

“Many are panicking as if it’s half the number. It’s just around 130.

“I can’t deny this number includes politicians who were campaigning in Sabah. But it also includes tourists, those who have official business in Sabah and businessmen.

“It’s not just politicians.”