Lack Of Preparation And Hurried CMCO Could Cause Next Wave

By CodeBlue | 02 May 2020

The 359 signatories included patients, former COVID-19 patients, 52 doctors and other public health professionals, as well as concerned individuals.

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — In a signature drive which lasted four hours yesterday, 359 individuals and organisations signed a statement to express their concern of the Government’s decision to implement a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) this coming Monday, 4 May.

Those participating felt that the move to relax restrictions was premature and that there was insufficient time for businesses, offices and the general public to understand, be trained and adequately practice the many SOPs to protect themselves and their families and communities from COVID-19 in the “new normal”.

Two days was deemed as insufficient time to prepare for the CMCO and risked causing successive waves of COVID-19 infection as a result of non-compliance and misunderstanding of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The 359 signatories included patients, former COVID-19 patients, 52 doctors and other public health professionals, as well as concerned individuals. The full statement and list of signatories can be viewed here.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced yesterday that most movement restrictions would be eased this coming Monday, allowing social activities and the reopening of the majority of economic sectors.

But border controls and school closures will remain, while interstate travel and mass gatherings like religious congregations are still prohibited.

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