KUALA LUMPUR: The extension and implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) beyond Klang Valley and Sabah do not mean the authorities have failed in containing the Covid-19 transmission.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the sudden spike in cases as reported on Nov 6 (1,755 cases) as well as on Oct 24 (1,228 cases) and Oct 26 (1,240) were also due to increased screening activities.
“I do not see this (CMCO extension in the Klang Valley and Sabah and implementation throughout the peninsula, except in three states) as a failure.
“If we look at the chart since the beginning of the third wave, we have successfully brought down the R0 (infectivity rate) from 2.2 to 1 in just over two weeks.
“The sudden spike in cases was due to screening activities at active prison clusters such as at the PTS Tawau cluster and the Sandakan prison cluster in Sabah,” he said at a press conference today.
Dr Noor Hisham said, therefore, it showed the CMCO had been effective in managing the disease transmission.
He said the CMCO was implemented as a means to ensure economic activities were not affected to balance the livelihoods of the people.
Dr Noor Hisham said besides enforcing the CMCO, restrictions should be imposed over all other sectors – sports, social and education – and the tightening of border control.
“Now, we need to relook into social, sports and education sectors. Interdistrict and interstate travels have also led to the spread of the virus to other areas.
“Hence, stricter border control should be in place. There are also positive cases due to illegal immigrants coming in from neighbouring countries, such as in Sabah and Sarawak that calls for heightened measures.”
He advised the public to strictly adhere to the existing standard operating procedures (SOP) and to always observe physical distancing to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.