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MCO is the result of failure, not success, says ex-deputy minister
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PETALING JAYA: The current movement control order (MCO) cannot be deemed a success because its mere existence is a product of the government’s failures, a former deputy health minister has said.

Dr Lee Boon Chye said the need for repeated nationwide MCOs during the Covid-19 pandemic reveals the shortcomings of public health measures, namely poor contact tracing, a lack of mass testing and inefficient isolation of cases.

“An MCO is the last resort when more targeted public health measures fail. It is the result of failure and not success,” he told FMT today.

He was responding to comments from Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who said yesterday that the recent decline in daily Covid-19 case numbers and the infectivity rate falling below 1.0 showed the effectiveness of the lockdown.

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