The government may not extend the second Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) beyond the tentative end date of Feb 4, as it could be detrimental to the country's economy.

Instead, the government will possibly reinstate the Conditional MCO (CMCO) once the four-week MCO ends on Feb 4, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a virtual media session yesterday, reported The Star.

"With the combination of the MCO and CMCO, we can reduce the number of cases to two digits by May. This is our projection," he said.

According to Noor Hisham, the country's current COVID-19 infectivity rate (RO R-naught) has gone down to 1.06 from 1.2, but it could be better.

"We are hoping that in the first two weeks of the MCO, the number of cases are stable and that there is no increase.

"And then, after Jan 27, we expect to see the number of cases go down," he was quoted saying.

Currently all states in Malaysia, except Sarawak, are under MCO until Feb 4.

Yesterday, 3,048 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of infections and fatalities in the country to 186,849 and 689, respectively.

The global infection and death tally from the coronavirus has surpassed 100 million, and 2.14 million, respectively.

Source: The Star
Photo source: Malay Mail