MOH Finalising Covid-19 Alert System That Triggers Restrictions

The government will not impose total lockdowns, but instead apply restrictions to certain sectors if certain indicators are breached to slow transmission of the virus, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) is finalising the details of a Covid-19 heightened alert level system that will replace phases under the National Recovery Plan.

Under this heightened alert level system, a breach of a particular indicator will result in the temporary return of certain movement restrictions.

However, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was quick to add that these restrictions do not include lockdowns that have had devastating effects on both people and the economy.

“This heightened alert level system will be announced once it has been approved by the pandemic management committee. It will have thresholds whereby if there is any breach, it will trigger some restrictions.

“But these restrictions, I’d like to stress here is, these restrictions that we are recommending do not include lockdowns but restraints that will apply to select sectors.

“So we are fine-tuning it to ensure that it can meet two outcomes, which are to break or slow down the chain of transmission when the indicators have been breached, and cause minimal disruption to the economy,” Khairy told reporters at a media briefing today.

Khairy previously told the health, science and innovation special select parliament committee in a meeting on September 28, of the government’s intent to replace the National Recovery Plan’s (NRP) phase system, which details indicators for states to lift movement restrictions, with a new traffic-light based system.

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