Sabah extends MCO 3.0 to June 28, says Malaysian chief minister

KOTA KINABALU (BERNAMA) – The Sabah government has decided to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, which was supposed to end tomorrow, by two more weeks until June 28, said Malaysian Chief Minister Haji Noor.

He said the decision was made after an evaluation by the Sabah COVID-19 State Disaster Management Committee, which met at 3pm yesterday.

“The decision was taken to curb the rise in COVID-19 infections in the state,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the special meeting of the National Security Council (MKN) decided to extend the MCO 3.0, which was scheduled to end tomorrow, for two more weeks until June 28 following the high number of daily COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, state Local Government and Housing Minister Masidi Manjun said Sabah recorded 378 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, taking the total number of infections to 65,708.

He added that there were 210 recoveries yesterday, taking the total number of recoveries to 62,517.

Visitors at a bazaar in Ipoh. PHOTO: BERNAMA

“The relatively high number of positive cases today is due to steps taken to intensify house-to-house targetted screening and not just limited to close contact screening at localities placed under the Enhance MCO (EMCO).

“As such, the number of positive cases is expected to surge in the next few days until the completion of the mega-scale screenings,” he said in a separate statement.

Masidi also said that Sabah recorded three new clusters yesterday, namely at Indah in Nabawan, Kampung Baru in Sipitang and Ambar Park in Tawau.

He said the Indah cluster comprised 21 positive cases. The index case, a 34-year-old woman, had attended an engagement ceremony in the district and tested positive on May 22.

He said the Kampung Baru cluster involved 23 positive cases involving community transmission at Mukim Sindumin, which was triggered by the index case, a 58-year-old Malaysian man with a history of travelling outside the Keningau district.

According to him the Ambar Park cluster recorded 16 cumulative cases involving community transmission at Mukim Sri Tanjung, with the index case, a 71-year-old Malaysian, testing positive on June 1.