‘Balik kampung’ may have to wait


PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed the interstate travel for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations be postponed as the Covid-19 situation in the country is still worrying.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the proposal was also following complaints and appeals from various quarters for the government to postpone the lifting of the interstate travel ban.

“As we all know, most states are currently under conditional movement control order and recovery MCO until April 28.

“As daily cases are still rising and not yet stable, this interstate travel needs to be postponed. The vaccination programme (National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme) is also still ongoing, ” he told a press conference after launching a book entitled Malaysia Health Sector Response to Covid-19: Perspectives from the Field at his office here yesterday.

Malaysia recorded 2,148 cases yesterday and 1,889 on Wednesday.

Read all about it: Dr Adham holding the ‘Malaysia Health Sector Response to Covid-19: Perspectives From The Field’ during its launch in Putrajaya. — BernamaRead all about it: Dr Adham holding the ‘Malaysia Health Sector Response to Covid-19: Perspectives From The Field’ during its launch in Putrajaya. — Bernama

Asked whether those who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be given an exemption for the interstate travel, Dr Adham said the ministry was still waiting for the input from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Meanwhile, he said the ministry received complaints about non-compliance with standard operating procedure at several Ramadan bazaars throughout the country.

He said the government viewed the matter seriously and did not rule out the possibility of the Ramadan bazaar being closed if new clusters originated from bazaar activities.

“If the organisers are not responsible, we will not hesitate to issue a compound, ” he said. — Bernama

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