PUTRAJAYA: With the Awal Muharram celebrations coming up, the Health Ministry has reminded the public to avoid large gatherings and continue adhering to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new norms must be applied in all activities, in light of the virus outbreak that is still ongoing in the country.
“As we are aware, the Muslims are set to celebrate Awal Muharram, or Maal Hijrah, on Thursday (Aug 20).
“In conjunction with the occasion and the public holiday, many people will be planning to travel to their kampung or take the opportunity to visit relatives or friends.
“This includes travelling between states and organising leisure activities with family members.
“However, the ministry is urging the public to constantly adhere to the SOPs while practising the new norms in all activities.
“Avoid having large gatherings in conjunction with the occasion, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 19).
Awal Muharram marks the Islamic New Year.
Previously, Dr Noor Hisham said the recent Sivagangga and Kurau clusters were linked to visiting activities during the Hari Raya Aidiladha festivities.
On Tuesday (Aug 18), Dr Noor Hisham also said large gatherings and the lack of SOP compliance by members of the public were seen to have caused the spike in cases related to the Tawar and Sala clusters.