PM: Covid-19 strategy to be reviewed at special NSC meeting on Monday (Aug 9)

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  • Friday, 06 Aug 2021

MUAR: The government will discuss refinements to its Covid-19 pandemic strategy at a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Monday (Aug 9), says the Prime Minister.

According to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who said he was concerned by the spike in daily cases which had passed the 20,000 mark, a review of the strategy is necessary to combat the disease more effectively.

“We will discuss it especially for affected areas such as the Greater Klang Valley, which includes Kuala Lumpur and (parts of) Selangor, as well as other states that have shown an increase.

“The government will scrutinise the reasons for the increase and decide if the steps taken are no longer effective enough, if we need to improve the process of testing and contact tracing," he told a press conference here on Friday (Aug 6).

Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, was at Bukit Pasir here to hand Bakul Prihatin Negara aid to community leaders to be channelled to those under quarantine for Covid-19.

He added that assessments would also be made of internal issues and problems in the Health Ministry including staffing, medicine supply and equipment.

Muhyiddin said there were some specific issues to be refined but stressed that he had given full authority to the ministry to do what is necessary in certain areas so it did not need to refer matters to him constantly.

“They can implement these themselves even if it involves expenditure because we have allocated it in the budget for the Health Ministry and the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force," he added.

Muhyiddin said based on data from the ministry, the majority of new Covid-19 cases were under Category One and Two while for the more serious Categories Three, Four and Five, their total percentage was under 1.2%.

The important thing now was to ensure that hospitals were ready and able to provide facilities such as intensive care unit (ICUs) beds and other facilities to accommodate the increase.

On Thursday (Aug 5), Malaysia surpassed the 20,000 daily case mark, recording 20,596 new cases and bringing its total number of infections to 1.2 million.

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