MCO 2.0: A Balance Between Lives And Livelihoods

mco 2.0: a balance between lives and livelihoods

The government has no plans to implement a total lockdown in the country, despite the surge in COVID-19 cases.  

Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said essential economic sectors will continue to open to ensure a balance between lives and livelihoods. 

He added that business premises that fail to follow SOPs will be ordered to close immediately. 

On another note, Muhyiddin said the National COVID-19 Immunisation Plan will be rolled out at the end of the month, in the country’s biggest vaccination exercise.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has been appointed to oversee the program, so as to not further burden the Health Ministry (MOH).

80% of the population will be vaccinated in three stages, starting with 500,000 frontline workers.

Those aged 18 and above will receive their shots during the last phase starting May this year. 

Tan Sri Muhyiddin also reiterated his commitment to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong over the dissolution of Parliament, once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. 

This, as Malaysia recorded 4,571 new COVID-19 cases today (February 4th). 

Selangor had the highest number of infections with 2,056 cases, followed by 664 in Johor, and Kuala Lumpur with 481.  

Meanwhile, 17 more fatalities were reported, raising the death toll to 826. 

Elsewhere, barber shops, hair salons, and car washes will be allowed to reopen during the Movement Control Order (MCO).  

However, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said salon and barber services are only limited to hair care, and other services such as facials are banned. 

This comes as the MCO in all states except Sarawak was extended for two more weeks, until February 18th.

Please continue to follow SOPs and stay safe, people!

 

by Elle Firdouz

 

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