PM to announce tighter SOP, possible MCO on Monday

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will make a special announcement on Monday regarding the action to be taken by the government to deal with the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

In disclosing this, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government is constantly monitoring the situation and is concerned over the current trend where positive Covid-19 cases had surged to four digits daily beginning end of November 2020 to hit a record high of 3,027 yesterday.

“The government is studying and evaluating the actions that need to be taken immediately to control the spread of Covid-19, including possible tightening of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the social sector to reduce movements and risk of Covid-19,” he told a press conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) today.

“This includes considering tighter SOPs, especially those involving the social sector to reduce movement and at the same time reduce the number of Covid-19 infections.

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“We are aware everyone is anticipating something to be announced and God willing the long-awaited announcement will be made by the Prime Minister on Monday.

“So, let’s wait for what he has to say and announce and we in the meantime can prepare for the announcement,” he said without elaborating further.

This comes following rumours of a movement control order potentially being reinforced with Covid-19 new infections constantly recording four-digit numbers, with a record 3,021 new infections recorded on Thursday.

Ismail also said the government is aware of the people’s grouses, concerns and suggestions regarding the spike in cases and understands the burden faced by healthcare workers.

The current floods in several states had also created fears that this situation could lead to a further spread of the deadly virus, he added.

“We understand that some want tighter restrictions, some want it to be loosened such as businesses who are concerned that they will be affected,” Ismail said.

Asked about predictions that daily cases may rise to 8,000 by the fourth week of May, as released in a chart by Dr Noor Hisham on Twitter, Ismail Sabri said the government is aware of it and agreed that “something” has to be done.