THREE more Covid-19 related deaths were reported Monday, and such figure does not augur well as the Government contemplates whether to further extend the partial lockdown nationwide.

With 14 deaths reported to date, Ministry of Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed 212 new cases were reported Monday, bringing the cumulative figure of those tested positive to 1,518.

These included tahfiz students from Sri Petaling who have been placed under medial observation at a quarantine centre.

Fifty seven patients are being provided intensive care treatment at hospital wards.
Earlier Monday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin extending the duration of the Movement Control Order was an option the government was considering.

If need be, the MCO could be extended by another two weeks into April, and this will be decided on March 30. Besides this several initiatives were also announced during the PMs telecast media conference.

These included;
Employee Provident Fund – Application to withdraw RM500 per month for a year from Account II. Those aged 55 and below qualify. This was to enable contributors to obtain daily necessities.

A RM500 million allocation to Ministry of Health to procure equipment.
Undergraduates allowed to defer PTPTN education loan payments until September.
Further details of a comprehensive economic package and initiatives will be announced by the end of March.

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