‘New variants a concern so don’t let your guard down’


PUTRAJAYA: As new variants of Covid-19 continue to emerge, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has urged Malaysians not to let their guard down against infectious mutations.

The Prime Minister spoke of how he had started wearing double masks as a precaution.

“This new variant situation is very worrying. Some countries have had to reinforce lockdowns after infections went up. This is of serious concern to the community.

“Individually, we need to play our own part to protect ourselves from being infected. The Health Ministry has advised us to double our masks.

“Maybe we can put on face shields. Continue practising good hygiene,” he told a special media interview here yesterday.

Muhyiddin reminded the people not to take things for granted when the pandemic situation starts to improve.

“We must be vigilant and not let our guard down. Malaysians, whenever things start improving a bit, they begin to take it easy.

“When they are not allowed to balik kampung, they try to sneak their way out, and get caught.”

He said the Delta variant was reported to be airborne, so the public should be careful.

Besides ramping up the vaccination programme, Muhyiddin said the government – through the Human Resources ministry – had also released a guide on improving ventilation at workplaces.

On the National Recovery Plan (NRP), Muhyiddin said the government would not be changing its approach for the time being.

“The situation is dynamic and fluid. With the emergence of new variants, things change.

“We will study if the threshold that guide us into another phase of the NRP needs to be amended.

“We must be careful to ensure we do not make decisions drastically without any basis,” said Muhyiddin.

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