Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a news conference after a visit to the Vaccination Centre at World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 01 JULY 2021
Ismail Sabri Yaakob

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government will focus on Selangor and Kuala Lumpur as the two states are still recording high Covid-19 infections.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government is studying detailed measures to focus on the two states to ensure Covid-19 cases would reduce in the areas.

He said, the details include, the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Selangor, that will be announced this evening.

“It is easy for us to implement the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Selangor. We can use district, sub-district, but in Kuala Lumpur, there is no district in the capital city, not in the form of administrative district and there is also no district border. We are studying that now.

“I will announce our action for Selangor and Kuala Lumpur this evening as we can see that the cases did not drop and half of the cases in Malaysia are recorded in these states,” he said in a news conference after visiting the mega vaccination centre (PPV) at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur today.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said that the threshold determined by the government will also be studied based on each state.

“Perlis, for instance, they are recording double digit and sometimes, only single digit daily. Selangor is contributing huge number of cases and is placed in Phase 1, perhaps, other states can be shifted to Phase 2 and Phase 3.

“We are breaking that down now, we already have a plan and we have discussed that in the National Security Council (MKN) meeting. We just want to fine tune it,” he said.

Earlier, the government placed three main indicators to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) namely, the reduction of average daily Covid-19 cases to below 4,000 cases, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed usage at the average level and 10 percent of the population has completed two doses of vaccine. –MalaysiaGazette

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