On 10th April 2020, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced Phase 3 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which took place until 28 April 2020. The decision was motivated by the COVID-19 infection curve that had yet to show signs of flattening anytime soon.
MCO Phase 3 introduced stricter laws, detaining lawbreakers on-the-double to face legal action, resulting in compounds of up to RM 1,000.00 or a jail sentence of up to 2 years. Phase 3 also involved the Government concentrating gradual efforts in reviving the economy. Upon consultation with the relevant authorities, more businesses could operate alongside an expanded list of businesses deemed essential services, namely automotive, machinery and construction sites, all in line with strict requirements to adhere with specific standard operating procedures.
On a brighter note, at the end of MCO Phase 3, the recovery rate of COVID-19 cases finally reached encouraging levels. A total of 4,032 patients had recovered since the start of the pandemic according to the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).
Once again, these accomplishments are results of the commendable efforts and readiness by the Government, MOH, frontliners as well as all Malaysians who adhered tirelessly to all the precautionary measures taken by the Government to ensure we win this battle. Well Done Malaysians, and KUDOS to all our courageous FRONTLINERS!