Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be extended to April 14.
The Prime Minister said that the decision was made following discussions with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council on the current COVID-19 trend which is on the rise in the country.
"The trend is expected to continue for some time before the number of new cases decreases. This mean that it is requirement for the Government to continue the Movement Control Order for a longer period of time," he said.
He then announced that the MCO would be prolonged until April 14.
Muhyiddin said that the reason he decided to inform the public of the extension early was to ensure that everyone had time to prepare.
Advice to the nation
In his special address to the nation, the Prime Minister also provided instructions to Malaysians on several matters. They include:
"Those of you in the kampungs, don't rush back to Kuala Lumpur this weekend. Stay in your kampungs first and don't go anywhere."
"Students who are supposed to return to their asramas, don't return yet. Wait."
"Offices that are closed, don't reopen yet."
"If you have something important to take care of in the next two to three weeks, make plans on how you are going to handle it."
"Don't unnecessarily stock up on food because supply is sufficient. I assure you that food is enough for everybody."
"Don't panic and remain calm."
There is no choice
During the address, Muhyiddin also expressed how different life has become for all Malaysians due to the COVID-19 outbreak and relayed that it is something that the whole nation has to go through.
"I know you feel burdened but I don't have a choice. I have to extend the Movement Control Order for your own safety," he said while explaining that the duration for the order would be reviewed from time to time.
"If there is a need to go further, I will make an announcement about it," he said while urging people to continue to stay at home.
The Ministry of Health is all prepped up
On preparations by MOH, Muhyiddin assured that they were ready.
"Preparations include getting ready 3,585 beds at 34 hospitals nationwide for COVID-19 patients. Currently, 34% of the hospital bed capacity is in use," he said.
He also said that in the event of an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond the current capacity, several areas have been identified to serve as temporary isolation and quarantine centres.
"The government's strategy is to find, screen, isolate and treat COVID-19 patients.
"The Ministry Of Health will also increase its capacity to conduct screening tests on a larger scale. This will include mass testings especially for high-risk areas," he said.
He, however, stressed that the initiatives could only be successfully implemented if the people continued to restrict unnecessary movement.
Muhyiddin said that the goal was to bring down the number of cases to zero.
So guys, as hard as it seems now, we just have to listen to the authorities, listen to the Prime Minister and tahan
just a little while longer.