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Malaysia Ready For Covid-19 ‘Exit Strategy’ If Cases Remain At Single Digits

Malaysia Ready For Covid-19 ‘Exit Strategy’ If Cases Remain At Single Digits

Akmal Hakim

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The Health Ministry (MOH) believes that Malaysia would be prepared to move forward with a Covid-19 ‘exit strategy’ if the nation’s local daily infection count remains at single digits.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah explains that if the number of infections among Malaysian citizens remains at single digits (or lower double digits) and with no jump in the number of cases, especially after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period, the country would soon be ready to re-open even more sectors and industries within the economy which are currently still restricted under the Conditional Movement Control Order (MCO).

Dr. Noor Hisham speaking live from Putrajaya on June 2.
(Credit: Facebook/Buletin TV3)

However, the doctor estimates that authorities would still need to maintain certain levels of control in order to ensure that the public keep abiding by Covid-19 guidelines.

The DG says that the country may still need to maintain or possibly extend the provisional period of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 to provide us with a ‘soft landing’ period – ensuring Malaysians stick by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that are set in place and fully adapt to life under the ‘new normal’.

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Commuters observing social distancing on a train.
(Credit: Firdaus Latif/Malay Mail)

On June 2, the country recorded 20 new Covid-19 cases, only 2 of whom were locals.

And to date, a total of 6,470 patients have been cleared of infections and discharged from hospitals, bringing the nation’s recovery rate to over 80%.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, MOH is currently more concerned with the level of infections among foreign and migrant workers residing in the country and is taking steps to contain the outbreaks.

Previously, the DG mentioned that Malaysia is in its final recovery phase of the Covid-19 crisis following the success of the nationwide lockdowns in reducing the number of new cases.

If Malaysian citizens and foreign workers can adhere to SOPs, then we’ll eventually be able to end or break the chain of Covid-19 infections in the country.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, via Facebook

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