Govt may extend Movement Control Order if 14-day period fails to prevent COVID-19 spread

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — The government may be forced to extend the existing 14-day Movement Control Order if it fails to prevent the spread of COVID-19, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tonight.

“The government hopes that after this two week-period, those with symptoms are able to be isolated and treated, making Malaysia free of COVID-19,” he said in an address which was broadcast live.

“If during this period, we are unable to succeed completely, the government may be forced to extend the duration of the Movement Control Order,” said the Prime Minister.

As such, he stressed that it was vital that the people engaged in social distancing and stayed at home, in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.

Muhyiddin explained that the Movement Control Order was being imposed over a two week period because COVID-19 had an incubation period of two weeks.

“We want to break the chain of infection. This will reduce the number of people who get infected with COVID-19,” he said.

In his address, the Prime Minister repeatedly urged the people to stay at home and to avoid using the two-week period to go back to their hometowns or go on holiday or have gatherings with friends.

“During this two-week period, stay at home,” Muhyiddin said.

“As Prime Minister, I have a big responsibility to address this crisis which has hit our country,” he said, adding that he could not possibly achieve such a task without the cooperation of everyone.

Muhyiddin stressed that he needed the support of doctors, nurses, police officers, all civil servants, private sector workers, university students and all other people to prevent COVID-19 from spreading across the country.

“InsyaAllah (God willing), with the support, unity and perseverance of us all, I pray that we will be successful in overcoming this crisis,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency