Inter-state, inter-district travel bans may return to combat spike in Covid-19 cases, says Health Minister

JOHOR BARU: Inter-state and inter-district travel could be tightened to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).

The Health Minister said that besides the tightening of travel restrictions, the ministry also advised the National Security Council to carry out more stringent enforcement on Covid-19 SOPs.

“Sporadic cases, which is infection within the community and positive cases among foreign workers contribute greatly to the spike.

“Sporadic cases occur from inter-state travel or attending a gathering or social event, ” he said after witnessing the handing over ceremony of upgrading project of a blood collection centre at Sultanah Aminah Hospital here on Saturday (Jan 9).

The Tenggara MP added that the ministry had given its advice to the government on limiting inter-state or inter-district movement to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to make an announcement on Monday (Jan 11) following the spike of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

In March last year, the government first imposed the MCO under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and well as the Police Act 1967, which covered a range of activities.

The order then entailed a ban on all mass gatherings for religious, sport, social and cultural activities.

All houses of worship and business premises were closed, with the exception of supermarkets, public markets, and sundry and convenience shops which sell daily essentials.

However, as the curve was flattened, the government slowly relaxed restrictions and opened up most industries and allowed most social-economic activities.

Under various types of MCO which included the conditional MCO, targeted MCO and recovery MCO, the situation was brought under control but a third wave in October pushed the cases up to more than 3,000 a day as of Thursday (Jan 7).

The third wave mostly comprises migrant workers in manufacturing industries.

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