The government will review the need to continue or relax the total lockdown SOPs under the movement control order (MCO) 3.0 if the daily number of Covid-19 infections drops to below 4,000 cases.
Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the targeted figure was set by the health ministry to ensure the daily infectivity rate nationwide could be reduced.
“I have been informed by Health Minister Dr Adham Baba and health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah that when the cases are down to 4,000, we will review the MCO.
“It does not mean we will end the MCO but we may review the SOPs to determine which ones can be relaxed a bit.
“However, the ministry will see and advise the National Security Council (NSC) at its (coming) special meeting to see what we can do when the infection level goes down to 4,000 cases or below.
“We do not promise to end it or anything else, but are just getting advice,” he said after visiting the Malaysian Armed Forces field hospital at Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in Johor Bahru today.
He voiced hope that daily Covid-19 infections would drop to below 4,000 by next week given the implementation of the total lockdown under MCO 3.0 since June 1.
Also present were Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad, Adham, Noor Hisham and armed forces chief Affendi Buang.
Ismail said the government’s main focus at the moment before any plan to end the MCO can be implemented is to vaccinate enough people to achieve herd immunity or at least 60% of the population.
On the armed forces field hospital at HSA, he said it was expected to begin operating by June 17. It is the sixth built with the cooperation of the health ministry to provide support for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
Adham said the field hospital would have four ICU beds and 60 beds in the ward for Covid-19 patients in categories three and four to help boost the recovery rate.
As of June 11, the usage of hospital ward beds for Covid-19 patients in Johor was at 92% or 1,095 beds out of 1,186. Usage of ICU beds at six specialist hospitals in the state was at 70%.