Stricter MCO being considered, says Health Ministry [NSTTV]

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry does not discount the possibility of proposing a more stringent Movement Control Order (MCO) especially in states which record a surge in Covid-19 cases, such as Selangor.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said a stricter enforcement of the standard operating procedures (SOP) and the MCO would be considered if the current measures are not sufficient to curb the spread of the virus.

"I agree with the proposal for a stricter enforcement of the SOPs and MCO if the on-going measures are unable to contain the spread of the virus.

"The proposal to implement a full-scale MCO is something that we can consider (to propose to the National Security Council)," said Dr Adham during the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force weekly press conference, that was conducted virtually today.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is currently observing a house surveillance order (HSO), was also involved in the press conference.

Dr Adham was asked to comment why there is still an increase in Covid-19 cases despite the implementation of a nationwide MCO from May 12 until June 7.

On May 12, Selangor recorded 2,082 new infections from the total 4,765 new cases detected nationwide.

Dr Adham also expressed his concern over the third wave of the pandemic, which saw more people from the younger age group infected by the virus.

"Most of the people who were found positive with the virus during the second wave of the pandemic were mostly senior citizens.

"The situation, however, changed in the on-going third wave of the pandemic with more people from the younger age group testing positive of the virus," he said.

As for the trend in Covid-19 fatalities, Dr Adham said most of those who died from the virus are with comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, congestive cardiac failure or hyperlipidaemia , which is a medical term for abnormally high levels of fats in the blood.

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