Malaysia to Transition into Endemic Phase starting April
Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a press conference recently, that Malaysia is set to transition into an endemic phase starting April 1st, 2022. This means that its borders will re-open for international visitors since its closure on March 18th, 2020. Continue reading further down below!
PM announces Malaysia to transition into endemic phase
Through BERNAMA, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday announced that Malaysia will enter the ‘Transition to Endemic’ phase and will reopen its borders starting April 1st.
The Prime Minister has come about the decision after taking into consideration several factors, conducting risk assessment, and seeking advice from the Ministry of Health.
These matters will also take immediate effect starting April 1st:
- The public is required to wear a face mask in public places, as it is still compulsory for all individuals.
- No more operating hour limits for business premises.
- Check-in using MySejahtera is still compulsory but exempted for open and non-crowded spaces. MySJTrace remains compulsory for indoor places full of guests and visitors.
- Congregational prayers in houses of worship, including Muslim and non-Muslim can be held without physical distancing.
- All individuals are allowed to travel interstate despite their vaccination status.
“It is important for me to stress that ‘the transition to the endemic phase’ is an exit strategy to allow us to return to normalcy after grappling with Covid-19 for two years.
“This phase is temporary and we can only enter the endemic stage if the World Health Organisation (WHO) allows it,” said Ismail Sabri via live telecast yesterday.
The endemic transition was delayed
Prior to the date, the initiative of Malaysia’s transition into the endemic phase was once delayed due to ‘unfortunate’ circumstances.
“Most importantly, for now, the Quartet Meeting decided to temporarily put a pause on our efforts in transitioning to the endemic stage until we know more about the Omicron variant,” said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin following the announcement on November 30th last year. – THE STRAITS TIMES
Fast forward today, the decision for the transition is set to take place and seems to be well received by the citizens. In conclusion, with the transition of Malaysia into the endemic phase, people can now resume their normal lives as they used to while still maintaining SOPs and following the proposed regulations.
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