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Travel ban may be extended even after MCO ends, says Dr Noor Hisham

PUTRAJAYA –  The Health Ministry hinted yesterday that the travel ban may still continue even after the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press conference yesterday that the border control measures introduced by the government should continue as it reduces the number of imported cases of Covid-19.

“If we look at our imported cases, we have successfully managed it with our border control… “

“We need to tighten border control, especially now, with the increasing number of cases in over 180 countries. Lifting the MCO does not mean we will lift border control. In fact, we need to strengthen it further.” Dr Noor Hisham said in a Covid-19 press conference.

Malaysia currently banned its citizen on going abroad and will only allow its citizens to return with a 14-day quarantine at a designated quarantine facility.

Dr Noor Hisham said the government will relax the restrictions when they slowly remove the MCO in phases.

“We have to do it slowly, but surely. “

“This would take time, perhaps weeks and even months, as we slowly embrace the new norm, ” he added.

Malaysia currently has 5,603 confirmed cases with 3,542 recoveries and 95 deaths in total.

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