Malaysia expected to enter third wave of Covid-19 pandemic

CMCO | Malaysia expected to enter third wave of Covid-19 pandemic [UPDATED 7 Nov]

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on 2 October 2020 said that Malaysia is expected to enter the third wave of COVID-19 in line and a possible CMCO – with the increasing number of cases recorded worldwide recently.

As reported on 7 October 2020, the highest number of confirmed infections in a single day was 691 in Malaysia.

From here, we will regularly update the latest situation of the third wave of the pandemic in Malaysia so that the public can stay up to date.

6 October 2020

The government issued a travel ban from Sabah to Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan from Oct 12 to Oct 25 following the increase in Covid-19 infections.

Ismail Sabri said that exemptions would be given to special cases like emergency cases, deaths, essential services and others, which will require permission from the police.

For entry into Sabah, permission is only given to Sabahans with the ‘H’ code in their MyKad as well as their spouses.

Non-Sabahans in essential services, as well as students with valid Sabah Immigration Department-issued passes, are also allowed to enter the state.

Civil servants based in Sabah must obtain Section 66(1)(d) of the Immigration Act stamp at a Sabah immigration department’s office upon entering the state. All must undergo screening for Covid-19 upon arrival at the entry points.

7 October 2020

The government on 7 October 2020 announced three districts in Sabah and one district in Selangor will be undergoing a 14-day conditional movement control order (CMCO) starting from October 9 as they are Covid-19 red zones.

The latest spike in Covid-19 cases in Sabah and Selangor has prompted the government to impose a second CMCO following the previous one in May of this year.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the CMCO would be imposed in Sandakan, Papar and Tuaran in Sabah, and Klang in Selangor after these areas recorded more than 40 positive cases. The CMCO in these areas will come into effect at 12.01 am on 9 Oct 2020.

8 October 2020


12th October 2020

The government just announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be placed under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) effective midnight Oct 14.

This was decided upon the following advice from the Health Ministry after Covid-19 cases continue to increase in several districts within the Klang Valley, namely Klang, Petaling and Hulu Langat.

The CMCO will come into effect at 12.01 am Oct 14 until Oct 27.

13th October 2020

20th October 2020

The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be imposed on Kampung Saguking Laut and Kampung Sebur Baru in Labuan, from Oct 21 to Nov 3.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 8,062 residents of the two villages will be affected.

The government has decided to implement the EMCO to prevent the movement of people in and out of the villages.

The EMCO on the villages will be enforced by the police, together with the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Immigration Department.

According to the Health Ministry, there are 28 districts in the country classified as Covid-19 red zones as of Oct 20. 

The ministry divides districts into three coloured zones based on the total cases recorded over 14 days.

Red zones districts are classified with 41 or more cases over a two-week period. 

21st October 2020

The Taman Harmoni People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Sandakan, Sabah will be put under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from Oct 23 until Nov 5.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Enhanced MCO will involve a total of 870 housing units with 4,481 residents. 

He also noted that the Health Ministry will conduct targeted Covid-19 screening on all the affected residents. Residents are not allowed to go out from their houses, except during emergencies such as illnesses.

22nd October 2020

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said nine prisons in the north and Selangor zones will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

The Senior Minister said these prisons as well as the housing quarters in the area would be placed under EMCO from Oct 22 until Nov 4.

The centres and prisons include the Perlis Correctional Centre; Sungai Petani Prison; Kamunting Correctional Centre, and Tapah and Taiping prisons in the northern zones.

In Selangor, they are the Sungai Buloh Remand Prison, Kajang Prison, Kajang Women’s Prison and the Puncak Alam Correctional Centre.

He also announced that Anjung Teduh in Felda Sahabat in Lahad Datu, Sabah would be placed under EMCO from Oct 24 to Nov 6.

Around 544 housing units with 4,629 residents will be affected. With the enhanced MCO, the residents need to adhere to the SOP.

There is also an extension of EMCO in six localities in Semporna and one area in Kunak, Sabah from Oct 24 until Nov 6 due to the risk of COVID-19 spreading. 

The localities are Kampung Bangau-Bangau, Kampung Panji, Kampung Air, Kampung Selamat, Kampung Simunul, Kampung Pinggir Bakau and Kampung Pangkalan, which is in Kunak.

26th October 2020

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the conditional movement control order (CMCO) for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be extended for another 14 days until Nov 9.

The CMCO for these areas began on Oct 14 and was scheduled to end tomorrow however due to the high risk of Covid-19 spreading, there will be an extension. 

Ismail also announced an extension to the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in two areas in Lahad Datu, the Taman Khazanah Indah and Mutiara Kasih public housing schemes, as well as Felda Umas in Tawau.

Other than that, two localities in Sandakan, Taman Mesra and Taman Mawar, will be placed under an EMCO from Oct 28 to Nov 10 due to the increase in cases.

The EMCO in these two areas involve 5,100 homes and 22,500 residents.

3rd November 2020

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was to take place in 9 administrative divisions within Seremban starting November 5 until November 18.

The administrative divisions in Seremban that will be placed under the CMCO are Ampangan, Seremban, Bandar Seremban, Labu, Rantau, Rasah, Setul, Pantai, and Lenggeng. 

The existing CMCO regulations that apply for other states and areas will also apply for the affected areas in Seremban.

7th November 2020

RMCO until December 31, 2020

  1. Terengganu.
  2. Pahang.
  3. Kedah.
  4. Perlis.
  5. Melaka.
  6. Sarawak.
  7. Johor (except four districts to be under CMCO until December 20).

CMCO ending on December 6, 2020 

  1. Putrajaya.
  2. Labuan.
  3. Three Selangor districts (Sabak Bernam, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor).
  4. Penang (except certain areas that will still have CMCO until December 20).
  5. Perak (except certain areas that will still have CMCO until December 20).
  6. Kelantan (except four districts that will still have CMCO until December 20).
  7. Negri Sembilan (except two districts that will still have CMCO until December 20).

CMCO to be extended by two weeks to December 20, 2020

  1. Sabah.
  2. Kuala Lumpur.
  3. Selangor (except 3 districts – Sabak Bernam, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor).
  4. 4 Johor districts (Kota Tinggi extended to December 20, and new additions Johor Baru, Batu Pahat, Kulai from December 7 to December 20).
  5. Kulim district in Kedah.
  6. Penang’s 2 subdistricts that are still red zones [Mukim 12 (Barat Daya), Mukim 13 (Timur Laut)]
  7. Perak’s Kinta district, Mukim Teja located in the Kampar district, Mukim Changkat Jong located in the Hilir Perak district.
  8. Kelantan’s 4 districts (Kota Bharu, Machang, Tanah Merah and Pasir Mas).
  9. Negri Sembilan’s 2 districts (Seremban, Port Dickson).

New EMCO ruling 

  1. Penang’s 2 localities that are red zones [flats at Jalan Paya Terubong, Relau & flats at Desa Bistari, Batu Uban] – From December 7 to December 20.
  2. Perak’s Langkap immigration detention depot and quarters in the Hilir Perak district – From December 6 to December 19.
  3. Kelantan’s Madrasah Ad-Diniah Al Falahiah located at Kampung Dalam Huma, Bukit Awang, Pasir Puteh, from December 7 to December 20.

If you wished to know about the Recovery MCO, click here.

Let’s all do our part in reducing the number of infections happening in the country. 

Practice social distancing, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when necessary and always wear a mask. 

For the latest information, please visit the official Facebook page of the Ministry of Health. 

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