There will be no leniency in the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), despite the seemingly downward trend of COVID-19 cases in the country, Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned today.
In a press conference today, the defence minister said the current stringent measures will continue to be applied as long as the MCO is in force.
The MCO, which is currently in its third phase, is in force until April 28.
Ismail cited the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in countries which had initially eased restrictions after seeing a dowturn.
"I believe that many feel that the restrictions should be eased. As long as the MCO is not over, as long as no new SOP (standard operating procedure) is introduced by the government, the existing rules and SOPs are maintained.
"Everyone has the responsibility to adhere to the MCO. Police will act against anyone who violate the MCO," the minister warned.
Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that there were 36 COVID-19 cases recorded yesterday, with no deaths - the first time since March 20.
Yesterday was also the fourth consecutive day of the country recording double-digit cases daily, compared to a hundred plus cases recorded daily for the past month or so.
Meanwhile, Ismail said the government is also considering to allow university students to return to their hometowns, but stressed that doing this would need adherence to strict SOP.
The Higher Education Ministry and Health Ministry will work together to draw up a detailed SOP on this, he added.
This is to ensure the exodus of about 100,000 students from their campuses to their hometowns does not cause congestions and the spread of COVID-19.
Source: Malaysiakini, NST
Photo source: Astro Awani
Tue Apr 21 2020
Five Epic Adventures To Add In Your 'Post-Pandemic' Bucket List!
Let's plan for an engaging travel bucket list that will let us feel the essence of traveling once again post pandemic...
Pubs and Nightclubs Reopening: These are the Rules to Follow
Eager to go clubbing when pubs and nightclubs reopen this weekend? Make sure you get your COVID-19 self-test done first before you head out to your favorite joint. Check out more guidelines lined up by the government here...
India Resumes International Flights: Five Points to Note
India resumed regular international flights from Sunday, after a hiatus of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are FIVE pertinent points you have to know about this news.
Planning to Travel? These are the Countries that Don't Recognize Sinovac Yet
Are you a Sinovac recipient who's planning to travel soon? Conduct your checks as there are still many countries that do not the recognize the China-made vaccine. Here's a list for your benefit.
Country's Transition to Endemic Phase from April 1: Things to Know
Here are some pertinent points you should know about the country's transition to the endemic phase of COVID-19 from April 1.
Actress Shruti Haasan Tests Positive For Covid-19
Actress Shruti Haasan has tested positive for Covid-19. Let's wish the actress a speedy recovery...
No Quarantine Needed for Malaysians Arriving in India from Yesterday
Starting yesterday, there is no quarantine requirement for fully-vaccinated Malaysian travellers entering India, the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur has announced.
Iconic Singer Lata Mangeshkar Passes Away
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar dies at age of 92. Our deepest condolences to her loved ones...
Omicron: Symptoms to Watch Out For
The country is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for...
Guests Attended This Couple's Pandemic Wedding Via Google Meet & Got Food Through Zomato
A West Bengal couple recently held their wedding in a COVID-19 protocols abiding manner - with most of the guests in attendance via Google Meet.
Unmasking Phoolan Devi: A Rape Victim Turned Bandit
Legend says that the bandit queen killed the 22 men who raped her. But do you know the actual story? This is the life story of Phoolan Devi...
Nine Film Stars Who Opted Out Of Ponniyin Selvan Due To Unavoidable Reasons!
These are the stars who missed the golden opportunity of being a part of this magnum opus:
Don't Sleep With Makeup On! Here's Why...
This is why you should never sleep with your makeup on...
The Significance Of Taking The Path Of Moksha In Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
Devotees have to crawl through a narrow passage in this temple which is known as the Path of Moksha. Here's the reason behind this practice...
Raasi Pairs That Shouldn't Unite In Marriage!
Is A Credit Card Really Right For You?
Almost everyone you know now has a credit card (or two, or more!), so it's no surprise you're tempted to jump on the bandwagon.
Plants That Boost Your Yoga Practice
Five Actors Who Rocked Both Hero & Villain Roles In Tamil Cinema!
These are some of the Kollywood actors who're well known for playing both hero and villain in movies...
Why Is Navarathri Celebrated for Nine Days?
What do the nine days of Navarathiri signify? Well, that's why you are here, to find the answers!
The Mystical Sarasvati River, Real Or Myth?
Have you ever visited the Triveni Sangam located in Allahabad, North India?