The decision will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Now that we’re almost a month into the endemic phase, the government is discussing the possibility of relaxing three key measures in the SOP to prevent Covid-19.
The three key measures that are in discussion with the Health Ministry (KKM) are:
- The wearing of face masks
- Scanning MySejahtera when entering premises
- Covid-19 detection tests
We will announce later good news, when we relax (the SOP), surely the people will be happy. Perhaps we will look at it in terms of (face) masks, so the MoH will look at the pros and cons regarding the matter. As for MySejahtera, whether or not to scan at any premises, while at airports, whether there is a need to undergo PCR or RTK Antigen tests upon return KKM is discussing these matters.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
According to Malay Mail, Ismail Sabri said the government would also consider people’s concerns on whether the SOP is loosened too much.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that further relaxation of the SOP was expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Is it a good idea to unmask?
Some people believe that there’s no longer a need to wear face masks to protect themselves from Covid-19 because most positive cases are only in Category 1 and 2.
Public health physician Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said there’s no need to wear face masks in public places and open areas such as shopping malls, markets and outside the classroom.
However, Community Health Specialist of the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof Dr Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh said the decision to unmask fully is wrong.
This is also because determining open and closed areas could be hard to ascertain in places with both indoor and outdoor areas.
She also wondered who would want to monitor and maintain community discipline in that scenario.