Malaysia Ready to Enter Endemic Transition Phase Starting April 1

Jakarta, IDN Times – Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced Malaysia will enter a transition phase to endemic starting April 1, 2022. The decision was taken after considering various factors, conducting a risk assessment, taking into account the opinion of the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) and recommendations from the four ministers dealing with COVID-19.

“In recent weeks, the number of daily COVID-19 cases has increased sharply due to the Omicron wave. However, the number of category three, four and five patients is very low at 0.7 percent. The number of COVID-19 patients who need to be treated and monitored in the ICU is also under control. ,” said PM Ismail Sabri at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, quoted from AMONGTuesday (8/3/2022).

Category one is asymptomatic patient, category two has mild symptoms, category three suffers from pneumonia requiring hospitalization, category four requires oxygen assistance with an average ICU stay of 14 days while category five is critical patient and requires respiratory assistance. with an average ICU stay of 21 days.

1. Complete dose vaccination in Malaysia has reached 98.7 percent

Malaysia Ready to Enter Endemic Transition Phase Starting April 1 The third dose of vaccination or “booster” for health workers who directly treat COVID-19 patients (ANTARA FOTO/Fransisco Carolio)

He said, at the same time, most Malaysians had received complete vaccinations as well as booster doses through vaccination programs in particular the COVID-19 National Immunization Program (PICK), Youth PICK and PICKids. As of March 7, 2022, the complete vaccination rate for the country’s adult population is 98.7 percent, while the booster dose vaccination rate for the adult population is 64 percent.

Overall, the plan for the safe and gradual reopening of the country or “Reopening Safely” is being carried out by the government, especially through the Senior Minister of Defense, Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Finance, Tengku Zafrul and Minister of Communication and Multimedia, Annuar Musa.

“This ‘transition to endemic’ phase is an exit strategy to allow us all to return to almost normal lives after nearly two decades of
years of fighting against COVID-19. This phase is also a temporary phase before the country enters an endemic phase which is subject to announcements that only the World Health Organization (WHO) can make,” he said.

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2. People are still required to wear masks in public places

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Malaysia Ready to Enter Endemic Transition Phase Starting April 1 BETWEEN PHOTOS / FB Anggoro

Starting April 1, 2022, said Ismail, wearing masks in public places must still be obeyed by every individual, operating hours for business premises have been abolished and business owners are allowed to operate their respective place operating hours in accordance with the requirements of the place’s operating permit.

“This means you can all eat in the restaurant after 12.00 midnight, especially with the month of Ramadan coming soon. You can have sahur outside. Registration to enter using MySejahtera is still mandatory and only excluded for open areas, not crowded and no crowds,” he said. .

3. No more 50 percent capacity limit

Malaysia Ready to Enter Endemic Transition Phase Starting April 1 Illustration Malaysia (IDN Times/Santi Dewi)

Meanwhile, congregational prayers in mosques/suraus or ceremonies in houses of worship other than Islam may be performed.

“However, the implementation and final SOPs for mosques/suraus are subject to the provisions of the State Religious Authority and for Houses of Worship Apart from that, Ilam is subject to the Ministry of Unity of Malaysia/Unit of Other Religious Affairs (UNIFOR),” he said.

For vaccination requirements, he said, employee capacity limits that previously depended on vaccination coverage were removed and all individuals were allowed to cross the state regardless of their vaccination status.

“Previously, there was a 50 percent capacity limit for activities that involved gathering large numbers of people. With the announcement of the transition to endemic, the limit will be removed altogether. There is no longer a 50 percent capacity limit. Still, physical distancing is very important and is still recommended,” he said.

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