Govt to review MCO in states with rising Covid-19 cases

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Putrajaya will review the movement control order (MCO), which is currently in force in states where Covid-19 cases are on the rise, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

In a statement, he said the review is important to ensure the standard operating procedures (SOP) in force are effective in curbing the spread of Covid-19, which is on the increase in the country and all over the world.

“The government is using the early warning system Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) to identify the areas or premises that pose a high risk in the spread of the virus,” he said.

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“These premises will be ordered closed if those infected with Covid-19 were found to have visited them.”

Muhyiddin said this approach is consistent with the government’s stand to take the targeted approach to control and stop the spread of Covid-19.

He said through this system, the authorities will daily monitor high-risk locations that are frequented by the public.

“I call on everyone to always follow the SOP and avoid congested areas to protect themselves and the community from getting infected by the virus.”

The number of daily Covid-19 infections across the country inches closer to 4,000, as the Health Ministry recorded 3,788 new cases yesterday. Thursday saw 3,332 new cases.

This is in comparison to the 941 daily cases recorded on March 29, the first time this year and the first since December 9, 2020, when 959 cases were reported.