Post-Covid-19 strategies to be presented to National Security Council


KUALA LUMPUR: A National Recovery Plan is being drafted in preparation for the country to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic at a reasonable stage, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said the plan – which will be based on data, science and all the preparations that have been carried out, including in terms of Covid-19 management, the economy, vaccination programme and others – would be presented to the National Security Council (NSC) next week.

“Some of the key ministers involved have already sat down with me to present the draft. (It’s) basically good but not yet refined.

“It is time we set a National Recovery Plan to get out of this problem but this is a big challenge, depending on the cooperation and support of all parties,” said Muhyiddin.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the Mobile Vaccination Centre (PPV) at the Sri Johor People’s Housing Project in Bandar Tun Razak here yesterday.

Also present was Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Among others, the plan, said Muhyiddin, would inform the people about the current development and phases involving the management of Covid-19 in the country.

“This, we will evaluate. It will have phase one, phase two... based on data, for example, if (for cases of) Covid-19, we see there are already signs of decline.

“But it cannot be a time to celebrate because the phase has not been completed. If possible, we want cases to go down further.

“This means we have to help the Health Ministry manage healthcare to ensure our healthcare system does not collapse... hospitals, bed facilities, ventilators, hospital staff, (there) must be enough. We are implementing all these,” he said.

In the meantime, the Prime Minister said the government was considering setting a deadline for registration for Covid-19 vaccination.

He said currently, the registration process was being done openly and ongoing with no set deadline.

“Let’s say, (we set) the end of July so that whoever hasn’t registered yet, please register.

“If there is any left, we will help to register so that everyone is already in our system and we can plan the next phases until the vaccination programme is completed throughout country,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur, said Muhyiddin, was also expected to achieve herd immunity earlier, which would be this August.

This, he added, was based on the opening of more PPVs, including mega centres and the mobile vaccination programme that would enable more people in the Federal Territory to receive vaccination.

Muhyiddin said the mobile vaccination programme was one of the ways to expedite vaccination and that the government planned to add more mobile PPVs in certain areas.

The implementation of the mobile vaccination pilot project, which began on June 7 at the Kampung Muhibbah PPR here, is the outcome of a strategic collaboration between Federal Territories and Health Ministries, City Hall and Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan.

The programme is one of seven initiatives under Wilayah Cakna 5.0 to ensure 80% of the residents in the federal capital are vaccinated by the end of August. — Bernama

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