PM Ismail warns Malaysia still not safe; another 11 Omicron cases detected

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BERA – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Saturday (Dec 18) reminded the public not to let down their guard even as the number of new Covid-19 cases have declined.

His warning came as national health chief Noor Hisham Abdullah announced another 11 cases of the more infectious Omicron variant had been detected in the country. This brings the total number of Omicron cases, all imported, to 13, he said in a tweet on Saturday .

A total of 4,083 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, a marked decline from the more than 20,000 cases that were reported daily during the last surge of infections in August .

According to national news agency Bernama, Datuk Seri Ismail said everyone should be aware that Malaysia is still not safe from Covid-19 although new daily infections had been brought down through various methods including vaccination and the enforcement of restrictions, called the movement control order (MCO).

“I had promised the people that when business activities were allowed to reopen, we will not close them again. To ensure that MCO will not be reintroduced, we must comply with the SOP”, he said, referring to standard operating procedures.

He said that while the government had promised it would not reimpose curbs and lockdowns, it may be difficult for it to maintain that approach “if there is a sudden surge and increasing number of cases due to this new variant”, referring to the Omicron strain.

The Prime Minister advised continued compliance with safety procedures, including the wearing of face masks and staying away from crowded places.
Mr Ismail said Malaysia must also learn from the experience of some foreign countries which had almost succeeded in curbing the spread of Covid-19, but saw infections and deaths surge again after easing safety protocols.

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