Entire nation to come under MCO except Sarawak — Ismail Sabri

Covid-19: Malaysia reports 3,631 new infections and 14 more deaths

KUALA LUMPUR : Movement Control Order (MCO) will be implemented in Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu from Jan 22 to Feb 4, 2021, thus bringing the entire nation under MCO except Sarawak.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the measure was taken after the increasing positive Covid-19 cases in the community in the states involved,

Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge
Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge

“From risk assessment and on the advice of the Health Ministry (MoH), the government agreed that MCO is enforced in the states to curb the spread of Covid-19,” he said in a media conference on the development of MCO here on Jan 19, 2021.

Earlier, MCO came into force in six states, namely Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah, from Jan 13 to 26.

Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan were under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) while Perlis and and Sarawak were under Recovery MCO (RMCO) during the period.

On Jan 16, MCO was also implemented in Kelantan until Jan 26.

Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge
Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge

 Covid-19 cases in Malaysia remained above the 3,000 mark for three straight days as the country logged 3,631 new infections today, according to health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. This raised total confirmed infections in the country to 165,371.

There are also 14 more fatalities due to the coronavirus, which pushed the death toll from the coronavirus here to 619, Dr Noor Hisham told a press briefing today.

Meanwhile, active cases that carry transmission risks climbed to a fresh high of 39,464. This was the eighth consecutive day that active cases stayed above the 30,000 mark, as the number of new infections again outpaced recoveries — which came in at 2,944, with total recoveries now at 125,288 or 75.6% of overall infections.

Among the states and federal territories, Selangor continued to top the list with the most number of new infections at 1,199 cases, followed by Sabah with 526 cases and Kuala Lumpur with 521 cases.

Source : BERNAMA / THE EDGE MARKETS

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