(PUTRAJAYA, MAY 11) Earlier in the evening, our Minister of Defence Ismail Sabri held a joint press conference with Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham to address the latest MCO 3.0 status.
Sabri started by mentioning how since the pandemic began, the government has taken serious measures to curb the spread of the virus, including the implementation of MCO 1.0. As the situation improved, the government then decided to loosen restrictions by transitioning firstly from MCO to CMCO, then eventually to RMCO.
The initial plan was to end MCO by 2020. However, by-election in Sabah and interstate travelling had caused a spike in new cases, which have been increasing aggressively ever since January. Therefore, MCO 2.0 was then reinstated.
With the experience from MCO 1.0, SOPs were enhanced to ensure that the economic sector is still able to function whilst breaking the chain of infection.
Unfortunately, new variants of virus started to surface which resulted in an increment of positive cases, therefore forcing the government to implement MCO 3.0.
He also mentioned that the government has always taken the pandemic seriously, including drafting and implementing the SOPs through different phases of the movement control order. He assured that every decision that is being made is finalised after detailed discussion as well as taking into consideration the advice provided by the Ministry of Health.
Due to the confusion of different SOPs in MCO, CMCO and RMCO areas, the authority has decided to standardize the SOP into one. More details of the standardized SOP will be announced shortly on the MKN website.
Health DG Hisham then took over and mentioned that the occupancy of ICU beds in major hospitals are nearly at maximum capacity, meaning that hospitals are struggling to cater to new admissions, especially with the emergence of new variants which are more aggressive.
There are a total of four variants that have surfaced, and thus far, Malaysia have recorded cases that are related to three of the variants. The government has shown concern of the spreading of the new variants.
More to come…