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PMO announces tighter enforcement of MCO 3.0, details to be disclosed tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR (May 21): The National Security Council (MKN) has agreed to tighten the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) by adding restrictions to the economic and social sectors amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In a statement today, the PMO also highlighted that further details will be announced tomorrow (May 22) by Senior Minister for Security Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Meanwhile, the PMO warned that new Covid-19 variants that now exist the community are far more aggressive and highly infectious, and may dampen the government’s efforts to flatten the outbreak’s curve.

“Today’s meeting also discussed the status of implementation of MCO 3.0 which is currently in force for a period of four weeks beginning May 12.

“The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for MCO 3.0 have been tightened, including the interstate/district travel ban as well as restrictions on social activities, sports and recreation and face-to-face meetings and conferences,” the statement said.

On May 10, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the implementation of MCO 3.0 nationwide effective May 12 until June 7 as part of the government's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Malaysia continued to report more than 6,000 new Covid-19 cases for three consecutive days, with today’s number hitting 6,493. The country registered the highest number of new infections yesterday with 6,806 cases, together with a record high number of fatalities with 59 deaths reported.

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