PORT DICKSON: Negri Sembilan is expected to transition to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) within a week, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
He said this was due to the state seeing more than 90% of individuals completing their vaccination as of Thursday, although several elements still needed looking into, including the number of daily Covid-19 positive cases, which should show a steady decline.
“We now only record 170 to 200 Covid-19 cases a day. If we follow the calculation, we are already eligible to move on to Phase Four, but we were asked to monitor the situation for another week.
“Last week, we did reach the target set but because states that have changed phases recorded increases in cases, we postponed the transition,” he told reporters after the tax assessment lucky draw at the Port Dickson Municipal Council here yesterday.
Meanwhile, he said the state’s transition from Phase Two to Phase Three from Sept 4 had allowed various industries to reignite its economic and tourism sectors, especially in Port Dickson.
“We are also setting targets for other tourist destinations to resume operations when the vaccination rates in these localities reach 80%.
“Therefore, I am confident that Port Dickson will also be open for a little while longer for foreign tourists.
“Various upgrades and tourism development projects have been implemented involving an allocation of more than RM2.5mil,” he said.
Aminuddin said statistics of tourist arrivals to the state last year recorded a decrease following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state recorded only one million visitors, compared to 2019, when more than six million tourists were reported.
Port Dickson accounted for 70% of the tourist arrivals.
“This means that only 627,000 individuals came to Port Dickson last year when the movement control order was enforced from March 18.
“We hope tourist arrivals to Negri Sembilan, especially to this district, will increase by 50% next year,” he said. — Bernama