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Tougher Covid-19 SOP Almost Definitely In The Works

Tougher Covid-19 SOP Almost Definitely In The Works

A special meeting to finalise the matter will be held on Monday.

Akmal Hakim

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Malaysia might go back into another nationwide Covid-19 lockdown of sorts, or at least implement stricter rules for people when out and about.

Reportedly, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed that the government plans to tighten Covid-19 guidelines or standard operating procedures (SOP) under the Movement Control Order (MCO).

As you would remember when Covid-19 cases in the country went down, restrictions set during the MCO were loosened following the subsequent Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Recovery Movement Order (RMCO) periods.

Now with daily infections at double digits, authorities are to meet on finalizing details of the SOPs during a special ministerial meeting on Monday (July 27).

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also reports that police are on the hunt for nearly 3,000 people who are undergoing mandatory home quarantine after arriving in Malaysia from overseas, for refusing to take their second Covid-19 screening.

The minister explained that 2,897 individuals who were supposed to report for testing on their 13th day of quarantine, have failed to do so.

Ismail Sabri said that starting Monday, those who continue to avoid getting tested would be arrested and taken to court.

This comes after news of irresponsible individuals spotted defying compulsory home quarantines instructions.

Since then, the government had reopened quarantine facilities across the nation to isolate incoming travelers and returnees for a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.


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