No clear picture on MCO until after Parliament 18 May

Extract from the link . . .

“No plans are in place nor any decisions made on whether to extend or lift the MCO. We are still in the discussion stages,” said Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“We aren’t sure if we will lift the MCO. I know for sure that we must continue to avoid large crowds.”

“We are still surveying the data from the MCO but what we must do is fulfil the six criteria before ending it.”

The six criteria are:

(1) border control,

(2) MCO,

(3) health system,

(4) high-risk groups,

(5) new norms, and

(6) soft landing for exit strategy.

Details . . .

(1) Border Control . . .

Of thousands of returning Malaysians there were 95 cases: 68 from Indonesia, 12 from the United Kingdom, five from Singapore, four from Turkey, three from Holland, two from America and one from France.

(2) Movement Control Order (MCO) . . .

As long as people are at home, they cannot spread nor infect each other.

When cases are in single-digit, the government can seriously consider lifting the MCO.

(3) Public healthcare system . . .

Having in place a good health system and improving testing standards . . . From the capability of labs for testing to having enough wards and intensive care units. Detection standards must go from 48 hours to 24 hours or less.

(4) High-risk groups . . .

the handicapped, elderly, and those with co-morbidity illnesses. These include those receiving treatment like chemotherapy.

(5) New social norms . . .

Physical distancing, washing hands frequently and avoiding crowding around each other.

(6) Soft landing for exit strategy . . .

identify areas infected by Covid-19 and get them to work with MOH and the relevant authorities to make sure the virus doesn’t spread again i.e. develop framework to work with, aim for “soft landing” as the exit strategy.

Read further here . . .

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Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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