PUTRAJAYA, 25 March 2020 – The Prime Minister announced today that the government has decided to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) for another two weeks ending on April 14.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was given a briefing by the National Security Council and Health Ministry and the trend showed new COVID-19 positive cases had increased.
“The trend is expected to continue for a while before we can see the number of new cases reported decline. The government is of the opinion that the movement control order should continue. In line with this, the government have decided to extend the MCO until April 14. I am informing you on the extension earlier so that the people can be prepared.”
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister
Muhyiddin said it was important to stop COVID-19 infections and the strategy can be successful if the people are not exposed to the virus through daily interactions.
The total number of cases in the country is now 1,796 after 172 new positive cases have been reported as of noon Wednesday, March 25.
“The public must be mentally and physically prepared to stay at home for a reasonably longer period of time.”
The Prime Minister said those who had left for their respective hometowns do not need to rush back to Kuala Lumpur or other cities at the end of this week since the MCO now will not be ending on March 31.
Students who are scheduled to return to hostels also no longer need to do so for the time being and offices that are closed need not resume operation until the MCO has been lifted.
“Please stay calm and don’t panic. Even though we have extended the MCO, you don’t have to unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient. I assure you that there is enough food for everybody.
“I know you feel burdened but I don’t have a choice. I have to extend the MCO for your own safety.”
Any enquiries on the movement control order can be directed to the National Operations Management Centre at hotline 03-88882010.
For any other updates and enquiries regarding COVID-19, visit the Health Ministry’s official website at http://www.moh.gov.my/