Melaka hopes threshold indicators revised to move to NRP’s Second Phase


MELAKA: The state government anticipates a setback in moving to the Second Phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) with the increasing number of Covid-19 cases being reported.

However, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said he hoped that the Federal Government revised the three key threshold value indicators to enable small states like Melaka to move into the Second Phase.

“Melaka will face difficulties in moving into the Second Phase with an average of 114 cases per day but the state has only one hospital to treat critical Covid-19 patients who need intensive care unit (ICU) support.

“We are not like Johor which has few hospitals to manage the Covid-19 cases that would delay the state from achieving the threshold,” he said on Saturday (Aug 7).

The three key threshold value indicators for transition into Phase Two are that the number of daily Covid-19 cases dropped to 4,000, rates at ICUs reach a moderate level, and 10% of the population had received two doses of vaccine.

Sulaiman said the state government also hoped the flexibility was given for interstate travel to those who had completed two doses of vaccine.

“This is the only way we can revive our tourism industry and am happy to hear that the Prime Minister is considering relaxing the travel ban for those who have completed their vaccinations.”

Meanwhile, Sulaiman said a suggestion had been made to ramp up the inoculation rate among tourism players in the state.

He said some 8,000 workers in the retail sector in the state were expected to get vaccinated against Covid-19 through the retail industry vaccination programme (RiVAC) by next week.

“The same model can be used to vaccinate those in the tourism industry,” he said.

Sulaiman said he had received the list of names from the tourism industry who needed vaccination and the list had been sent to the Health Ministry for approval.

“We can reopen the tourism industry if those in the industry have been fully vaccinated,” he added.

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