In an interview with the News Strait Times newspaper, epidemiologist Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said the downward trend in cases was encouraging, but a two-week extension was crucial to give the authorities a clearer picture. He said that the number of recovered cases seems to outnumber new cases for several days, which is a good sign, however, he stresses that we are not out of the woods and would caution against complacency and if we lift the MCO too early there may be a resurgence of cases. He pointed out that although the signs indicate that the MCO is working, however, it is an artificially-induced situation. He said based on his calculation, the infectivity rate was at a reproductive rate of 1, instead of the below 1 target set by the Health Ministry.
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