Prime Minister to relax rules amidst reluctancy from health experts

by | Aug 3, 2021 | NEWS | 0 comments

Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin is set to announce a lift of restrictions for fully vaccinated people that health experts warn against.

In a meeting with the National Security Council (NSC), Muhyiddin said it was a topic of discussion alongside the advantages it will bring to the economic sector.

He added that the ease of restrictions is a matter that needs to be thoroughly examined to ensure  positive rehabilitations towards the economy and quality of life.

However, the Malaysian Public Health Physicians’ Associations President, Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar stated that doing so will introduce an increase of cases due to the highly infectious Delta variant.

He insisted that it is necessary to maintain the implemented SOP’s like social distancing, MySejahtera check-ins and mandatory face masks.

“Therefore, rules such as wearing face masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowded places and practising good hygiene are still very relevant and a must for everyone,” Dr Zainal Ariffin said.

Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah, president of the Medical Practitioners Coalition Association also agreed that lifting current SOP’s is not recommended. According to him, vaccinations are not foolproof as those vaccinated can still be infected with Covid-19.

During the same NSC meeting it was confirmed that Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan are set to be entering Phase Three starting from August 4.