CMCO should be extended up to two weeks after Eid Mubarak

In an interview with the New Sunday Times, Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said Malaysia could not fully lift the order as it had yet to assess the impact of the CMCO, he suggests that it should be extended up to two weeks after Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This is to allow time to gauge the impact on the economy and people’s health.

The extension will also reduce the chances of new clusters from forming due to people’s movements during Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri. He also mentioned that when the ratio of new cases versus the discharged patients increases to 2:1 or 3:1, our healthcare facilities will be overwhelmed in a short time. The indicators can be gleaned from rigorous testing by setting up sentinel clinics, which provide real-time data from screening and tests, as well as the computation of data to gauge infectivity rates.

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