PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry said it is now up to the public to comply with its standard operating procedures (SOPs) as the first day of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) kicked in.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this includes social distancing, wearing face masks and washing one’s hands from time to time.
He pointed out that countries like Taiwan and South Korea, which earned praise in managing the Covid-19 pandemic, did not enforce any MCO, but its citizens had the discipline to comply with SOPs.
“Compliance is very important. Rest assured we can break the chain of infection,” he told reporters at his daily briefing here today.
He was responding to a question on how he viewed the public’s compliance under the conditional MCO, saying it was “too early to judge”.
Noor Hisham said the first three phases of the MCO was to ensure the public stays at home.
“Our message now during the conditional MCO is for them to follow the SOPs. It’s a social responsibility,” he said.
He had earlier outlined the SOPs for the public, namely adhering to the requirements; protecting high-risk groups such as the elderly, differently abled and babies; and practising social distancing of at least 1m.
On Friday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the CMCO beginning today to ease the partial lockdown implemented on March 18 to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the CMCO, certain economic and social activities are allowed except for mass gatherings.
Health experts have since warned that it could lead to a third wave of infections.
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