Stricter Movement Control Order To Be Implemented If Cases Worsen Says Khairy

source – bernama
  • Malaysia is still a “long, long time” away from an endemic phase said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
  • Certain movement restrictions via a “heightened alert system” will be implemented if cases breach a certain point, says Khairy.

Stricter Movement Control Order To Be Implemented If Cases Worsen Says Khairy

According to a report by health news portal CodeBlue on Monday, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin warned that movement restrictions in the social sector would be reinstated if Covid-19 cases inundated hospitals and that Malaysia’s transition into the disease’s endemic phase would take a “long, long time."

“We’re nowhere near that right now. If any countries feel they can declare victory, they’re sorely mistaken," Khairy was sited during last Saturday’s virtual Global Town Hall 2021 hosted by Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Community.

Additionally, he said that Malaysia has been using the buffer created by the reduction in Covid-19 cases to develop public health measures in preparation for a simulated fourth wave of the pandemic.

“The greatest nightmare a health minister has is, of course, hospital capacity, especially critical care capacity, ICU (intensive care unit) capacity. Once it breaches a certain point, then red flags are raised and we need to have a heightened alert system and we need to step down on certain social activities," he said.

source - the edge markets

He allegedly told reporters in Rembau on Sunday that the government would not impose a complete lockdown in the event of an increase, but would instead apply certain movement restrictions via a “heightened alert system."

Meanwhile, CodeBlue said that daily Covid-19 infections and hospital admissions have gradually increased throughout the country over the last two weeks, with Klang Valley hospitals ready for a possible outbreak.

According to the COVIDNOW website, Klang Valley’s ICU utilisation rate was 82 percent, while Negeri Sembilan’s was 93 percent.

Khairy encouraged the public to continue adhering to the authorities’ standard operating procedures at a “Malaysian Family" corporate donation presentation here on Monday, stating that Malaysia is still not out of the woods in its Covid-19 struggle.

“We know that this is a particularly stubborn virus. It’s not going anywhere but we have to continue to move forward, reopening safely but at the same time ensuring that our public healthcare system is not crippled or paralysed," he said, according to Bernama.

Khairy also urged people who had previously obtained an appointment for a booster dose to follow through, particularly those over the age of 40 and those with comorbidities.

“Whatever that is offered, take it. It will not only help you in terms of ensuring better coverage but also help other people by bringing down the transmission risk," he added.

Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases fell below 5,000 on Sunday, at 4,854. (Nov 21). Monday saw a total of 4,885 new cases.

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