Senior Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that the ongoing implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 will be extended for another two weeks. As you may recall, the original end date for Phase 1 of the MCO 3.0 lockdown was supposed to be 14 June 2021.
When the implementation was announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on 28 May, he did point out that the decision to move to other phases of the MCO 3.0 lockdown is based on the risk assessment by the Ministry of Health (MoH).
At the start of the lockdown on 1 June, there were 7,105 cases which would continue to rise until 3 June with 8,209 cases. From there, the number of cases went on a downward trend until 7 June with 5,271 cases.
Unfortunately, the numbers failed to stabilize as 5,566 to 6,849 positive cases have been recorded by MoH between 8 to 11 June. Hence, it is not surprising to see that the ministry has made recommended the National Security Council (MKN) to extend the lockdown further although Minister Ismail has also said that there will be no changes to the existing SOPs at the moment.
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