Extension of MCO: Health Ministry to provide data on April 10

KUALA LUMPUR (April 4): Will the movement control order (MCO) be extended beyond April 14?

The Health Ministry will have to provide data on April 10 to help the government make a decision, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed today during a media conference on the latest COVID-19 situation in the country in Putrajaya today.

“The data will need to tell us whether we need to extend or not…  The reality is that we have to base it on science and facts.

“We hope that by April 10, the data will be available for us to make a decision on whether we need to extend it or not,” Malaysiakini reported Dr Noor Hisham saying.

Hisham also reminded the public to continue following the MCO rules by staying at home and observing social distancing when outdoors.

“(It’s about) what we can do to change the figures that we have. We are monitoring (them) everyday.

“The responsibility is not only on our shoulders at the ministry but all of us need to play our part,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham announced today that there were 150 new confirmed COVID-19 cases as at noon today, bringing the tally to 3,483 in Malaysia.

Also, 88 patients have recovered and they have been discharged today, raising the total number of cured cases 915, or slightly more than one-quarter of the tally of 3,483.

The daily figure dropped 67, or 30.8%, from 217 yesterday (April 3) after it had been above 200 for two consecutive days.

Of the 150 new cases, 80 were related to the tabligh assembly at the Seri Petaling mosque. So far, a total of 1,545 cases, or 44.36% of the total cases, are related to this cluster.

"This cluster has been the largest cluster so far and has had several generations of infections, such as involving their family members, close contacts in mosques and even in tahfiz schools," Dr Noor Hisham.

There are 99 patients currently under intensive care, of whom 50 are on respiratory assistance.

The country's death toll increased to 57, with four new cases today. Two of the cases were female and the other two were male, all of whom had a history of other complications.

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