PETALING JAYA: The current increase in Covid-19 cases is not affecting the national health system, although the country is now facing the threat of Omicron variants that can spread more easily, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said this is largely contributed by the achievement of complete vaccination coverage for most of the population.
“The Health Ministry would like to recommend to those who are eligible, especially the elderly and individuals with comorbidities, to receive booster doses.
“For those who have not yet received complete vaccination, you can go to the nearest vaccination centre to receive your first dose of vaccine.
“To parents who have not yet registered their children between the ages of five and under 12 to receive the pediatric vaccine, immediately register them,” he said on Monday (Jan 7).
Khairy said the government welcomes and encourages employers to continue the practice of working from home or implement a rotation system of attendance to the office to create a safe environment in the workplace.
He urged the public to activate MySejahtera Trace in their MySejahtera application for the purpose of tracking close contacts.
Owners of premises are also asked to improve customer entry control by checking risk and vaccination status in the customer’s MySejahtera app.
“We have managed to stabilise this Covid-19 pandemic situation after the Delta wave struck and we can also fight the Omicron variant.
“Continue to follow the standard operating procedures, practice 3W, avoid 3S and practice TRIIS (test, report, isolate, inform and seek treatment),” he said.
Meanwhile, Khairy said the increase in Covid-19 cases was not unexpected due to the spread of the Omicron variant.
“This situation is due to the Omicron variant which can spread easily.
“The increase in cases has also been seen in other countries,” he added.