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  • Writer's pictureIlona Andrew

MMA tells govt to put relaxation of movement restrictions on hold

9 Aug 2021

By Ilona Andrew

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is urging the government to delay its decision to relax the movement restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals until Covid-19 cases are significantly reduced.

Its president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said any decision to relax restrictions must be supported with sufficient scientific evidence.

"If it is indeed a decision based on science, why then is travel allowed for those wishing to see their spouse or their young children?

"Either it's sufficiently safe for the fully vaccinated to travel, in which case all vaccinated individuals should be allowed to do so, or it is not, in which case nobody should travel.

"Similarly, the states where the fully vaccinated are allowed these freedoms should be based on science. Some of those states in Phase 2 are showing an increasing trend in cases. By next week, they may be in Phase 1," he said in a statement.

Subramaniam also called the government to stop hyping up on the total number of Covid cases and focus on the hospital bed utilisation and the ICU situation instead.

"We will not get to zero on Covid cases any time soon. However, with the increasing rate of vaccinations, serious cases may soon be trending down by month end.

"Going forward, we hope that the government will provide an update on the positivity rate and the status of bed utilisation and ICU in each state as these will be more meaningful indicators apart from the daily new cases.

"It is important that the public be kept informed of the bed capacity and ICU status in their respective state."

The association also hopes that there will be an update on the vaccination status of all those in the high risk category under Phase 2 of the National Immunisation Programme (NIP).

"Any lifting of restrictions must also take into account high risk groups such as nursing homes, factory and construction workers, security guards, cleaners, medical students and undocumented migrant workers that have not been vaccinated."

Yesterday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced individuals who are fully vaccinated are entitled to several movement relaxations which includes interdistrict and interstate travel, religious prayers, dine-ins, sports and recreational activities, and domestic tourism.


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