Adham: With Vaccines, States Won’t Revert To NRP Phase One Despite Outbreaks

Dr Adham Baba says Pahang and Penang will remain in Phase 2 despite exceeding the National Recovery Plan’s Covid-19 case threshold as vaccination will reduce infections.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — Pahang and Penang will remain in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) despite exceeding in the past week the threshold Covid-19 case incidence rate, Dr Adham Baba said today.

Under the NRP, Pahang and Penang entered Phase Two on July 5 and 7 respectively, but the two states recorded a seven-day average daily of 17.1 and 14.0 cases per 100,000 population in the past week, exceeding the Phase Two threshold of 12.2 cases per 100,000 people.  

“We will not revert to Phase One,” Dr Adham mentioned today in a virtual press meet.

“We will implement a targeted Movement Control Order. We believe that we can prevent infections and break the infection chain by using this method.

“However, for the third threshold, vaccination will be improved and we believe that the cases will be reduced when more vaccines are being administered.” 

A total of eight states have so far transitioned to Phase Two of the NRP with looser movement restrictions: Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported today 12,541 new Covid-19 cases nationwide and 115 fatalities. Yesterday, Penang and Pahang recorded a 1.2 and 1.12 infectivity rate respectively. 

As of yesterday, 16 per cent of Pahang’s adult population has been fully vaccinated, while Penang’s vaccination coverage reached 14.7 per cent of adults.

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