KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be announcing on Monday new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
A special meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) yesterday deliberated on the measures to be taken as the number of new cases is on the rise and worrying the public.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the meeting discussed a possible stricter SOP, especially for the social sector to limit movement.
Speaking at his daily press conference, Ismail Sabri admitted the latest increase in Covid-19 cases was worrying.
“The government is aware of the concern and proposal put forward by the rakyat, who are worried with the stark increase in Covid-19 cases.
“We also understand the burden faced by health workers, especially when a few states are facing floods, ” he said.
Ismail Sabri said the government was always monitoring the trend and spread of Covid-19.
“We are discussing the best approach and measures to curb this, ” he said.
He called on the people to continue to adhere to the SOP.
“The best prevention is for us to adopt good hygiene practices, especially always washing hands, wearing face masks and physical distancing, ” he said.
Ismail Sabri said he was aware that many messages had gone viral on the SOP that he was to supposedly announce yesterday.
“The government listens to the grouses of the rakyat and we will take necessary action.
“The Prime Minister will make an announcement on Monday on measures to be taken to curb the spread of Covid-19, ” he said.
Asked on the proposal by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah for a more targeted approach, Ismail Sabri said the NSC special meeting discussed the matter since last Friday.
“We also discussed it during this morning’s technical meeting as well as during the NSC special meeting chaired by the Prime Minister in the afternoon.
“We heard reports and proposals from various agencies, including the Health Ministry.
“We are scrutinising every proposal so that everyone will accept it when the announcement is made, ” he said.
Ismail Sabri is aware that traders do not want a stricter SOP as they fear their business or shops have to be closed.
“That is why we are discussing every aspect in detail. Wait for Monday, ” he said.
Asked on the Health Ministry saying Covid-19 cases could reach as high as 8,000 a day, Ismail Sabri said such projection would be a reality only if no action was taken.
“As I said, we have discussed the measures to be taken. Maybe it will be a more detailed SOP. However, if I tell everything now then we don’t have to wait until Monday, ” he said.
He also said teachers, lecturers and their family members returning to Sabah and Sarawak for duty must undergo a swab test.
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