There is no necessity to re-implement the Movement Control Order (MCO) despite a surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the country, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said this was because most of the cases involved prison inmates in Kedah and Sabah, which can be considered as isolated.

“No…we are not declaring MCO because in Kedah for example, although 129 cases were recorded, 128 of them were from the Tembok Cluster which involved prison inmates there.

“While in Sabah, 35 cases were from the Benteng cluster involving a prison…although the remaining 78 cases are quite high, we have carried out control measures,” he told a press conference after attending the special National Security Council meeting on COVID-19 chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here today.

Ismail Sabri said COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country were still low except for Selangor with 31 cases but it has not reached the red-zone level.

“Only one or two cases were recorded in other states so this not a worrying matter.

“If we impose a nationwide lockdown just because one or two cases, we will end up enforcing MCO forever…,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said if necessary, the government would implement targeted enhanced movement control order in areas or localities categorised as a COVID-19 red zone.

As such, he said interstate or interdistrict travel restriction would not be imposed at the moment.

“I urge the people not to panic but do not take it (the current COVID-19 situation) lightly and be complacent…always practice a high level of self control as long as we have not found the vaccine,” he said.