Muhyiddin assures no more nationwide lockdown amidst threat of Omicron

10 Jan 2022 10:22pm
NSC chairman Muhyiddin Yassin assures that the nation will not go through another lockdown.
NSC chairman Muhyiddin Yassin assures that the nation will not go through another lockdown.
PUTRAJAYA -- Malaysia will not implement another "lockdown" or the Movement Control Order (MCO) following the spread of the Omicron variant in the country.

Chairman of the National Recovery Council (NSC), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Ministry of Health is implementing various initiatives to ensure the variant does not affect the national recovery efforts.

"We vow not to return to the old ways of MCO or lockdown,'' he said in a press conference after charing the NSC council here today.

He said further that some of the initiatives are to implement tighter border control.

"The council have been informed by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that the Covid-19 infection is on an upward trend,'' he said.

He also said that other countries are affected by the variant and not just Malaysia.

"Our public health system has been pressured (before), so a strategy is needed to handle it,'' he said.

Muhyiddin said border control with a few tighter Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that will be implemented was also explained in the meeting.

"A strategy was also presented but there is no need for me to explain it here as there are initiatives that are made based on cases that are spreading now,'' he said.
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He commented further that closed borders in an undetermined time will impact national recovery, either slowly or hastily.

"We suggest that a committee be formed between several ministries and it will be presented again to the council on when and how the borders could open in stages.

"It will be introduced and tabled in the upcoming meeting,'' he said.

On the same development, Muhyiddin said the National Recovery Plan 2.0 will be formulated immediately in a comprehensive and inclusive manner that involves input from all stakeholders.

"This is because the National Recovery Plan (NRP) that was announced in 2021, that was an exit strategy that would allow the country to reopen safely, have already produced results,'' he said.