PUTRAJAYA — March 25, 2020: The movement control order has been extended by two weeks until April 14 from the original two-week period currently being enforced.
This decision followed a briefing by the National Security Council and Health Ministry, which indicated that the trend of new cases had spiked.
“The trend is expected to continue for a while before we can see the number of new cases reported decline and the government is of the opinion that the MCO should continue,” said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.
Thus the government has decided to extend the order and make an early announcement so that people will be prepared. With this extension those from the towns who had gone back to their hometowns are to stay put until April 14.
Muhyiddin said the strategy currently employed to contain the outbreak can succeed if people are not exposed to the virus through daily interactions.
As of noon today, 172 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 1,796, with 673 reported in the past week.
“Please stay calm and don’t panic. Even though we have extended the movement control order, you don’t have to unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient. I assure you that there is enough for everybody.
“I know you feel burdened but I don’t have a choice. I have to extend the MCO for your own safety,” said the prime minister.