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Selangor Covid-19 Task Force rejects Full MCO as they are managing the situation well

Selangor Covid-19 Task Force chairman, Dzulkefly Ahmad had at a press conference today (19 May), rejected the proposal of implementing a full Movement Control Order (MCO) in Selangor, which is similar to the nationwide MCO imposed last March.

Dzulkefly said that the state is still managing the Covid-19 situation well, as the infection is still low as compared to other states like Kelantan and Pahang.

“Selangor is not the worst case of Covid-19 because this state ranks fourth after Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak in terms of population ratio,” he said to Utusan.

However, he do agree that the authorities cannot just sit and wait during the MCO until the cases reduces. Something must be done to improve the situation Selangor is in right now.

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

Responding to the high number of cases at the moment, he said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) should look into ratio of infection to the population, rather and absolute numbers.

“If the full MCO is implemented, Selangor will be a victim in terms of industry and activities of the people. This is not fair.” he added.

“Don’t make ‘lockdown’ an easy way because of our failure to manage PKP 2.0, for example. The number of deaths is also increasing day by day,” he said.

In addition, he said that the state health services sector is still able to accommodate the number of patients at this time by increasing the number of ICU beds and ventilators.

“The numbers will remain high but are we so burdened that we must implement a full MCO? We reject that need but there must be efforts to minimise the impact on the people who are currently burdened.”

Source: HypeFM

Meanwhile, Selangor Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family executive council, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said that it is unfair to blame the Selangor state government for the surge in cases. She commented that a targeted MCO should be in place instead of putting the entire state under a lockdown.

She suggested increasing Covid-19 testing and getting more people vaccinated should also be a part of the strategy too.

“If we have a choice, we do not want a lockdown. But if we are instructed to do so by the federal government under the Emergency Ordinance, we will abide by it,” she said, according to NST.

Today, Malaysia recorded the highest ever number daily cases with 6,075 and Selangor reporting a whopping 2,251 cases.


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