The nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) will be extended for another two weeks, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
“Based on advice from the Ministry of Health and health experts, the government today decided to extend the MCO for two more weeks,” Muhyiddin said in a special address.
He said the extension will be enforced from Apr 15 until Apr 28, just a few days after the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
In a live telecast, Muhyiddin said the MCO had helped healthcare workers contain the spread of the infection.
He added that the country’s death rates were low compared to the global toll, and that the number of new cases had also dropped.
“If the trend continues to drop, we can curb it from spreading, but we cannot take it easy,” he said.
“The extension is to allow health workers to curb the pandemic.”
Muhyiddin said schools would continue to be postponed until the situation stabilises, adding that the health ministry would implement home-based learning for the students.
Selected sectors will be opened in stages and will operate according to a standard operating procedure, he added.
“This does not mean we are loosening the MCO.”