Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says the movement control order (MCO) which started today would only last a maximum of four weeks.
In a press conference, he said this is because the government was aware of the economic impact of the MCO, adding that the Covid-19 chain of infection can be broken if everyone stayed at home for the next two weeks.
“We enforced the conditional MCO from Oct 14 but we felt that it wasn’t suitable. We needed to use a more drastic measure, so we have now imposed the MCO for two weeks or, if necessary, a maximum of four weeks,” he said.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced that there were 2,985 new Covid-19 cases in the country today.
This represents a slight dip from yesterday’s record high of 3,309 infections.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced four more Covid-19 fatalities as of today.
“Malaysia recorded 2,985 new daily cases today, bringing the total number of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 144,518,” he said during his daily press briefing in Putrajaya today.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has detected 11 new Covid-19 clusters in the Klang Valley, Melaka, Kedah, Kelantan, Johor and Negri Sembilan.
Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that four clusters, namely the Taman Integrasi Cluster, Jalan Ijuk Cluster, Jalan Kasturi Cluster and Jalan Thamby Cluster, originated from Klang Valley.
He also announced the discovery of three clusters in Johor: Jalan Rami Cluster, Kota Cluster and Tanjung Megah Cluster.
Meanwhile, the remaining four clusters, dubbed the Taman Batik Cluster, Bukit Bakar Cluster, Kampung Tengah Cluster and Dialisis Malam Cluster, originated from Kedah, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan and Melaka respectively.