PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia should not rush to implement relaxations of standard operating procedures (SOP) for those who are fully vaccinated, says the Health Ministry.
Deputy Health director-general Datuk Dr Hishamshah Mohd Ibrahim said there were lessons to be learnt from countries which had opened up earlier.
“We saw how countries like the United Kingdom and Israel which had opened up early and are now seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases.
“We need to learn from their lessons and not remove restrictions hastily.
“What we need to ensure first is to vaccinate more people. Also, there must be strict compliance towards SOPs.
“The Covid-19 variant that is dominant right now is much more transmissible. So wearing face masks and practising physical distancing must always be maintained. And don’t have large gatherings,” said Dr Hishamshah at a press conference on Friday (Aug 6).
On Thursday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government would announce the relaxation of SOPs for those who were fully vaccinated in the “next few days”.