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Don’t do anything rash, let sectors without clusters reopen, say doctors
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PETALING JAYA: A doctors’ group has urged the government not to resort to any knee-jerk reactions but instead relax the movement control order (MCO) and allow sectors that do not contribute to Covid-19 clusters to reopen.

The Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Association Malaysia (FPMPAM) said any move to tighten the current “total lockdown” now would be meaningless as it should have been imposed more strictly from the onset.

FPMPAM president Dr Steven Chow said the economic impact from tightening the lockdown now would be devastating, calling instead for relaxations to the MCO.

Although advocating for some leeway to be given to economic sectors, he maintained that strict SOPs should be put in place.

“To tighten the screws now is clearly a late knee-jerk response as the economy will be badly affected. The numbers have not come down sufficiently despite the fact that we are not doing enough tests.

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