The government will reimplement the Movement Control Order (MCO) if the number of new COVID-19 cases climbs to three digits
"If it reaches three digits, we have no choice but to reintroduce the MCO," said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a press conference after visiting Royal Malaysian Army veterans in Wakaf Mek Zainab, Kelantan on Sunday, 26 July.
"I understand that if the MCO is enforced again, it will make things difficult for all parties, including those of us who want to work and so on. But this measure must be taken," he said, as quoted by Malay Mail.
Ismail Sabri, who is also the Defence Minister, said there has been a recent rise of COVID-19 cases due to public complacency
"Positive cases have increased four days in a row. The report from the Ministry of Health (MOH) is that cases are increasing due to our complacency," he said.
"This is because the public has forgotten what needs to be done. We eased the standard operating procedures (SOP) and the number of cases started to rise again."
According to New Straits Times, he added that SOPs for Hari Raya Aidiladha will be announced today, 27 July, and that interstate travel is still allowed unless announced to the contrary.
"What concerns us now is that there might not be social distancing during the slaughtering procedure and the gathering ceremony afterwards during the coming Aidiladha."
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri also reminded the public to heed the SOPs set by the government and to not rely primarily on the country's frontliners
"All of us should be the frontliners and remind our families to follow the SOPs," he stated.
Malaysia confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, of which 10 were local transmissions, bringing the country's tally to 8,897.
One death was also recorded, raising the death toll to 124 to date.
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