Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakub

UNDER the second phase of the movement control order (MCO), the government would restrict the number of people in a privately owned car.

According to Defence Minister Ismail Sabri, only one person would be allowed to travel in a car effective April 1.

“Phase 2 will commence on April 1. We will increase (the regulations) in terms of movement control...

I wish to stress that under Phase 2, movement is still permitted.

“But as mentioned earlier, when using a personal car, you are allowed to purchase groceries and whatnot but it will be limited to one person per car,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.

Previously, the National Security Council had mandated that only the "head of the family" was allowed to do grocery shopping.

On March 21, Works Minister Fadillah Yusof said that the guidelines, rather than a rule, was that police may allow extra occupants in the vehicle if there are valid reasons.

Meanwhile, Ismail said the public are advised to shop online instead of going out.

However, he said the public should avoid coming into contact with the delivery personnel.

"We encourage people (to issue instructions) to leave the food on the fence and for the delivery personnel to contact (the buyer) later," he said.

Phase 2 of the MCO - to limit contact between healthy people and those infected with the deadly Covid-19 virus - will last between April 1 and 14.

As of noon yesterday, Malaysia has recorded 156 new Covid-19 cases bringing the total to 2,626.

Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah also reported three new deaths, including one which was announced last night. This puts the death toll at 37 or 1.4 percent of total cases.

The number of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) also rose from 73 to 94.
Those in ICU who require ventilators to breathe increased from 52 to 62.

On the bright side, Noor Hisham reported the highest number of daily recoveries today with 91 people discharged. This brings the total recoveries to 479 people or 18.2 percent of total cases.

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