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COVID-19 : Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0

Kuala Lumpur - To break the covid-19 chain, the government, with the advice of the Health Ministry, has decided to implement the Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 for a period of 14 days starting from 13th January 2021 until 4th February 2021.

Malaysia is experiencing a spike in cases since the a third wave of infections began to sweep across the country in September 2020, threatening to overwhelm the public hospitals, 15 of which Tan Sri Muhyiddin said was already nearing capacity.

Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah on Sunday said he was particularly worried about the high number of deaths in recent weeks. Since Jan 1, there have been 71 fatalities. In comparison, there had been fewer than 100 fatalities recorded in the first nine months of 2020. The number of daily cases, which has averaged about 2000 in recent weeks, reached a record of 3027 on Jan 7.

Under MCO 2.0, movement would be limited to a 10-km radius from a person's home and only two from a household are permitted to leave the house and travel in the same vehicle at any one time for the purpose of buying necessities from supermarkets or grocery shops.

Interstate travel also not be allowed during this period for the whole country and any individuals who violate the restrictions can be issued a compound to a maximum of RM1000.

 

Resources :

  1. New Strait Times https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/01/656447/mco-20-five-states-three-fts
  2. New Strait Times https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-to-impose-mco-for-2-weeks-from-jan-13-in-several-states-to-curb-covid-19-cases

 

Date of Input: 29/01/2021 | Updated: 03/02/2021 | aslamiah

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