Putrajaya: The country needs at least four weeks to reduce daily cases to 1,000 a day, said Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said, his party hopes that the case can be reduced further to 500 in the period to provide an opportunity for all health facilities to be able to accommodate and treat Covid-19 patients in the country.
He said, in the next two weeks, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will look at Covid-19 infection data to find out whether the duration of the Movement Control Order (PKP) which starts today, can reduce new infection cases.
“We have carried out the Conditional Movement Control Order (PKPB) from October 14 until now. We think PKPB may not be suitable so we carry out PKP either within a period of two weeks or if necessary, a maximum period of four weeks.
“We do not want this PKP to be extended because it has an impact on the economy but the result is that if we can all sit at home within these two weeks, God willing, we can break the Covid-19 infection chain.
“We have always said that if every Malaysian complies with standard operating procedures (SOPs) we can break the Covid-19 chain in our country,” he said at a press conference on the development of Covid-19 infection, here, today.
Dr Noor Hisham opined that the two-week period of the PKP did not allow the MOH to reduce daily cases, but it could prevent the increase in cases.
He said the four-week period is expected to reduce cases to 1,000 or if possible up to 500 a day.
“After PKP we implement the Conditional Movement Control Order (PKPB) and in May and June we expect to be infected,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said, it is still too early for the MOH to make projections by next April but his party thinks Malaysia is now on the right track apart from expecting the people of this country to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP) set.
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