KUALA LUMPUR – Stricter standard operating procedures (SOP) need to be implemented in several areas with high risk of Covid-19 infection to ensure that the pandemic can be contained.
Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Special Duties), Datuk Seri Mohd. Redzuan Md Yusof said, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin highlighted the issue in a meeting with the National Security Council last Monday after finding that several areas with potential to spread Covid-19 were not given emphasis.
He said, areas with potential to contribute to a new formation of cluster such as elderly care centres, education institutions, migrant workers and illegal immigrants areas such as markets and construction sites need to be given focus as they have high amount of visitors besides being congested. Such areas are conducive for the transmission of Covid-19.
“I have proposed for stricter SOP on visitors of elderly care centres and the mandatory use of face mask for all students in schools and other education institutions.
“Face masks can be supplied one-off to students and if they are made from fabric, they can be cleaned and disinfected after each use. For the locations with illegal immigrants and migrant workers, the stakeholders need to impose the social distancing SOP and be strict in the compliance of using face mask,” he said in a statement today.
According to Mohd. Redzuan, the government and relevant agencies need to activate operations at all quarantine centres nationwide when the 14-day mandatory quarantine at the quarantine stations is imposed today.
“These quarantine centres play critical role in avoiding imported case from becoming the source of local Covid-19 infection and the people should not take the latest development of pandemic which has returned to record double digits for granted.
“All Malaysians must play their part by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks and make frequent hand washing as a culture to avoid the situation which happened in other countries from happening here,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette