MCO extended 2 weeks to May 12

The movement control order has been in force since March 18.

PUTRAJAYA: The movement control order (MCO) implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country has been extended a further two weeks until May 12.

In a live address here today, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said during this period, the government would review the latest data from the health ministry to determine the next step.

“I do not dismiss the possibility that the MCO will be further extended after this,” he added.

“However, if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to drop, the government may relax the restrictions in stages for several sectors, including the social sector.

“This is to enable the people to enjoy a more comfortable life. The National Security Council is coming up with a plan for this.”

Muhyiddin said the government would continue to study the latest data from the health ministry, adding that he was not ruling out a further extension.

This could mean Muslims would not be able to celebrate Hari Raya in their kampungs, and businesses may not be allowed to fully operate yet.

Despite the lower number of cases in the past week, he said, the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 needed to be maintained until authorities were confident the outbreak was under control..

Muhyiddin said Putrajaya was studying how to revive the economy in stages, with short-, mid- and long-term economic recovery plans in the works.

This would be formulated by the finance ministry and the economic planning unit, he said.

“This is to ensure that economic activity can be revived as soon as possible after the end of the MCO.

“The focus right now is to identify steps and initiatives that will quicken the short and mid-term economic growth, as well as drive the confidence of the people and investors to restart the nation’s economy,” he added.

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