By Chew Lip Song
THE government will bring back the Movement Control Order (MCO) if the country records over 99 new daily Covid-19 infections, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
He said this was necessary to curb the spread of the pandemic, which has been on the rise again.
“Case numbers have been increasing… the Health Ministry said this was due to negligence (among Malaysians).
“We hope it is still not too late (to keep case numbers low),” he said in a Malaysiakini report.
A large number of new Covid-19 clusters have emerged in recent weeks while the R-naught had crept above 1, which meant that the virus was spreading again after being contained earlier this month.
Ismail urged the public to treat themselves as “frontliners” in the battle against Covid-19 by adhering to the guidelines and ensuring others do the same.
Currently, the country is in the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase, where much of the restrictions have been eased.
During the MCO phase, the restrictions include closure of schools, no dining in at eateries and ban on inter-state travel.
Yesterday, 23 new cases were reported nationwide.