Health director-general Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA, April 24  — The COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia is under greater control with no drastic spike in new cases under third phase of Movement Control Order (MCO) period that began on April 15, the Health Ministry (MOH) said today. 

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this situation has helped the ministry maintain its capacity, either on the field or in hospitals, to identify, screen, isolate and treat COVID-19 cases. 

“The MOH welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to extend the MCO by another two weeks, which will allow room for the government to go all out in the battle against the outbreak, before its effectiveness and the latest situation is reevaluated.

“This will also allow MOH to continue with existing measures, as well as push further our efforts to reduce COVID-19 cases in Malaysia through a focused approach,” he said at the ministry’s daily COVID-19 media briefing here today. 

The MCO, which came into force on March 18, has been extended for another two weeks from April 29 to May 12. 


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