|Phase 3 would be similar to the movement control order (MCO) that has been enforced in the country, where nearly all economic sectors are allowed to operate with strict SOPs. (File photo by=THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana]
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's movement control order, known as MCO 3.0, will be extended for two weeks more from Jun 15-Jun 28, CNA reported. The decision to extend the MCO 3.0 was made as daily case numbers still exceeded 5,000, Senior Minister for Defence Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced in a statement on Friday (Jun 11).
“The positive/negative list (permitted and prohibited activities) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for every manufacturing, business, and industrial activity still remains as announced before this,” he said after attending a National Security Council meeting. Last May, a nationwide MCO was re-imposed in Malaysia amid the third wave of COVID-19 cases. Known as MCO 3.0, all economic sectors were allowed to operate during the period but cross-district and interstate travel, like social, sports, and educational activities, were prohibited.
Stricter restrictions on the economic and social sectors were later announced on May 21 as community cases continued to rise. The emergence of new variants has also delayed efforts to flatten the infection curve, the Prime Minister's Office had said. Meanwhile, case number breached the 9,000-mark on May 29, before the lockdown measures brought daily infections down gradually. On Friday, a total of 6,846 cases were reported.