Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said several important criteria need to be met before deciding whether to lift the movement control order (MCO). The Phase 3 of MCO is supposed to end on April 28 and government yet to decide on MCO extension.
The government listed six criteria that should be fulfill before lifting the mco
Dr Noor Hisham said there are six criteria that the government will consider before lifting the MCO. These criteria have shown hopeful signs of breaking the chain of Covid-19 outbreak.
“We aren’t sure if we will lift the MCO. What I know for sure is that we must continue to avoid gathering in large crowds,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
He added that they are still surveying the data from the MCO but what Malaysians need to do is fulfil six criteria before ending it. The six criteria are as below
Ensuring tough border control
Number one most important criteria is ensuring tough border control at all exit points. Authorities must conduct screening and placing Malaysians returning from abroad under quarantine. Malaysia has shut its borders since mid March and only taking back Malaysians who had been abroad.
Staying at home
The second criteria is the movement control order (MCO). We need to examine how effective the MCO had been. As long as people are at home, they cannot spread nor infect each other with the coronavirus – the chances of being infected is low if everyone stays at home.
Having a good health system
The third criteria is our health system. Hospitals should reduce the time taken for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screenings. The PCR screenings allow medical frontliners to speed up the detection of infected individuals.
Laws to protect the high-risk groups
Furthermore, we also need to enforce laws to protect the high-risk groups – the disabled, chemotherapy patients and those with serious diseases.
Adhere to the new social norms
Next, Malaysians need to incorporate the new normal in their daily lives. We need to continue practicing social distancing, regular washing of hands and avoiding public gatherings.
Communities to work together with MOH and the relevant authorities
Dr Noor Hisham also added the last criteria which is the health ministry (MOH) must be able to work together with the community to enforce preventative measures in the community. He also said every ministry need to practice this framework to see how we can have a soft landing exit strategy.
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