No need to suspend Parliament if Covid-19 detected, Health Ministry knows how to handle cases, says Khairy

PUTRAJAYA: There is no need to stop Parliament sittings if there are Covid-19 cases among Parliament staff as the Health Ministry has the structure and experience to deal with the outbreak, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said among the measures that can be taken are the frequency of Covid-19 screening tests and isolating those who are infected with Covid-19.

"We also have the strategy and vaccination (programme). With all these strategies, we hope that when cases spread, we do not have to carry out drastic measures such as the movement control order, lockdown, closure of Parliament and so on.

"At our present stage, we already have the experience – measures such as closing Parliament and so on are the last resort.

"When carrying out frequent testing in Parliament (now), we will conduct two days of testing (in a week) and therefore there is no need to stop Parliament proceedings," he said in a media conference on the development of Covid-19 here Wednesday (Dec 1).

He was speaking to reporters if there was a need to suspend Parliament following 84 Covid-19 cases detected during the current sitting starting Oct 27.

On Tuesday (Nov 30), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 25 Covid-19 cases were detected through random screening on Monday (Nov 29), which are most probably of the Delta variant.

The current Dewan Rakyat sitting is from Oct 27 to Dec 16 while the Senate will sit from Dec 8 to 23. – Bernama

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