Malaysia back to nationwide MCO

PUTRAJAYA, May 10 – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) effective May 12- June 7, citing the fast increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the overwhelmed healthccare systems, the new variants of the virus as among the factors.

The country’s reported cases are now more than 3,000 daily while 1,700 people have died in the pandemic.

Announcing the second total lockdown of the country, the Prime Minister also announced additional restrictions to the MCO including workplace and vehicular capacity limits.

“With daily cases exceeding 4,000 and active cases at 37,396 as well as 1,700 deaths reported as of May 10, Malaysia is facing a third Covid-19 wave that could trigger a national crisis,” he said.

He also cited weak compliance with standard operating procedures as a factor in the drastic decision and prevent a national health crisis.

The Prime Minister made the statement following a special meeting of the National Security Council on Management of COVID-19.