The Prime Minister has stated that there are no plans or discussion on shutting any economic sector amidst the rising number of Covid-19 cases due to new variants.
Malaysia is bracing for a higher number of cases with the Ministry of Health confirming the new Omicron variant BA.5 being discovered in the community.
In view of the imminent concerns, the Prime Minister also reminded the public that 7 million Malaysians have yet to take their booster dose against COVID-19 and advised to do so immediately.
He said although the booster dose was not mandatory, it is still vital as not only did the positive cases of COVID-19 have returned with an upward trend, but the dose would also help in facing new variants of the virus, especially the more infectious Omicron BA.5 variant.
On whether plans were to reopen large-scale vaccination centres, Ismail Sabri said it was up to the Ministry of Health to decide, if they find it necessary. The prime minister also said that the government had no plan to re-close the economic sectors despite the increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19.
“Life will go on as usual, but we need to take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our families, including by taking the booster dose against COVID-19,” he said.
Ismail Sabri said the people were also advised to take appropriate measures to avoid infection of COVID-19 even though many relaxations had been given since the country entered the Transition to Endemic phase on April 1.