Prepare for tighter MCO regulations from April 1-14

By THE STAR | 26 March 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Come April 1, the Government will impose tighter restrictions on people's movement in the country.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today this was necessary to ensure measures taken to break the Covid-19 chain of infection achieve the desired goals.

The Government yesterday announced that the movement control order (MCO) has been extended by another two weeks from April 1-14. The first phase of the 14-day MCO is in force from March 18 to 31.

Ismail Sabri said under the ongoing phase one, the people are still allowed to move around, with some restrictions.

"The National Security Council has been asked to draft a new standard operating procedure for phase two of the MCO, where the rules and regulations are tighter and more stringent, that what is in place now.

Ismail Sabri said he would not announce the new measures yet, adding that the NSC would present the new standard operating procedure on Saturday.

Even with heightened restrictions, the Government has assured that that the supply of essential goods during the MCO period will remain unimpeded.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced that another 235 new Covid-19 cases have been reported, bringing it to a total of 2,031 cases as of noon today. A total to 215 patients have recovered and the death toll is now at 23.