KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian government will reimpose its lockdown should the number of new Covid-19 cases climbs to more than 100 a day, the minister in charge of managing the coronavirus outbreak said on Sunday (July 26).
The South-east Asian country is now into what it calls the recovery movement control order (MCO), with most businesses allowed to operate if they follow health measures such as recording the temperatures of those entering malls, offices and shops, and recording the visits with contact tracing apps.
But daily new cases have been spiking again in the past week.
“If it reaches three digits, we have no choice but to reintroduce the MCO and we will see,” Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters in the Kelantan capital, as quoted by Bernama news agency.
A total of 23 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday (July 25), against 21 on Friday, nine on Thursday, and 16 on Wednesday.
The Health Ministry had proudly announced just over three weeks ago, on July 1, that the country had recorded zero cases of local transmissions for the first time since March, and had only one new case that was imported.
“I understand that if the MCO is enforced again, it will make things difficult for all parties, including those of us who want to work and so on but this measure must be taken,” he said, as quoted by the national news agency.