The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MOH proposes interstate travel for Aidilfitri be postponed


PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed that the interstate travel for the upcoming Aidilfitri celebratio­ns be postponed as the Covid-19 situation in the country is still worrying.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the proposal was also following complaints and appeals from various quarters for the government to postpone the lifting of the interstate travel ban.

“As we all know, most states are currently under CMCO (Conditiona­l Movement Control Order) and RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) until April 28.

“As daily cases are still rising and not yet stable, this interstate travel needs to be postponed. The vaccinatio­n programme (National Covid-19 Immunisati­on Programme) is also still ongoing,” he told a press conference after launching a book entitled ‘Malaysia Health Sector Response to Covid-19: Perspectiv­es from the Field’ at his office here on Thursday.

Malaysia recorded 1,889 Covid19 cases on April 14 compared to 1,767 cases on Tuesday.

Asked whether those who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be given an exemption for the interstate travel, Dr Adham said the ministry was still waiting for the input from the World Health Organisati­on (WHO) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Meanwhile, he said the ministry received complaints about non-compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP) at several Ramadan bazaars throughout the country.

He said the government viewed the matter seriously and did not rule out the possibilit­y of the Ramadan bazaar being closed if there were new clusters originated from bazaar activities.

“If the organisers are not responsibl­e, we will not hesitate to issue a compound,” he said.

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