Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had stated over the weekend that the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 is expected to be reviewed due to the alarming rise of Covid-19 cases in the country yet again.

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Muhyiddin said that premises visited by a large number of Covid-19 cases would be required to temporarily stop operations. 

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba signed a gazette on Saturday declaring an MCO in five districts in Kedah from Sunday (1st May) till 14th May.

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Based on a report in The Star, these restrictions were said to be part of the proposal presented to the National Security Council on Friday but were implemented earlier in Kedah due to the “alarming” situation there. 

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Dr Adham in a Business Times report said that Malaysia had detected its first case of a positive Covid-19 variant identified in India. The variant, known as B.1.617 (a “double mutation”) was discovered in an Indian national who was being screened for Covid-19 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. 

Starting today, Malaysia is expected to announce and enforce a two-week targeted MCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor, and Sarawak, according to The Star.

It will be similar to the second MCO, which was imposed in parts of the country between 11th and 26th January, in which economic activities were permitted but schools were closed and social and religious activities had been prohibited.

It was reported that under the potential new targeted MCO, no dine-in at eateries will be allowed and Ramadan bazaars, which were permitted to operate during the fasting month, will be shut down completely.

Schools in the affected states are also likely to close due to the emergence of many “education clusters” of Covid-19 cases, according to one source. Economic activities can continue but working from home is encouraged. Meanwhile, social and religious gatherings would be put on hold or permitted to only a small number of people present. 

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According to information provided by the health ministry, 3,418 new cases have been reported on 2nd May, bringing the total number of Covid-19 positive cases to 415,012.

Source: The Star, The Business Times, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia