JB a red zone no hindrance to talks on full border reopening, says MB

The view from outside of Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Johor Baru. - Filepic

JOHOR BARU: Talks on the full border reopening with Singapore will go ahead despite the fact that Johor Baru district has been classified as a red zone after recording a major spike in Covid-19 cases, says the Johor Mentri Besar.

Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the current situation in the district would not affect the discussions between Malaysia and Singapore.

“When the island republic recorded an increase in Covid-19 cases, we could still see lorries and vans carrying essential items across the borders to them.

“What's important is for us to have standard operating procedures (SOPs) in controlling when the border is open for daily travellers, ” he added.

Hasni said this when met after officiating the state-level Global Down Syndrome Awareness Month here on Saturday (Oct 31).

He said that Johor had handed its SOP suggestions to the Health Ministry who would forward the matter to their Singapore counterparts in discussing full border reopening.

On Friday (Oct 30), the Johor Baru district was declared a red zone after the number of Covid-19 cases surpassed 40 in the span of 14 days.

Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said monitoring and surveillance efforts would be boosted because of an expected increase in the number of cases in the near future.

“The Johor Baru district was declared a red zone on Thursday (Oct 29). Based on the information, most of the cases reported involved the spread of the disease among family members and in workplaces.

“Because of this, the state health department has placed the institutions involved under a home surveillance order, ” he said.

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