KUALA LUMPUR – Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Melaka will be transitioning from Phase Two to Phase Three under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) effective today, October 1.
Meanwhile, Kedah will be moving from Phase One to Phase Two on the same date, which also will see all states nationwide moving out of Phase One.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the COVID-19 Pandemic Management Special Committee meeting on September 29 agreed to allow the phase movement of states after taking into consideration the current risk assessment of the Health Ministry (MOH) and the National Security Council (MKN).
Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor and Sabah are now in Phase Two; Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Melaka, Perlis, Pahang, Terengganu and Sarawak (Phase Three) while Negeri Sembilan and Labuan (Phase Four).
Ismail Sabri who is also the COVID-19 Pandemic Management Special Committee chairman said Malaysia continues to record a falling trend in the COVID- 19 infectivity rate (R-naught).
He said, on September 28 the R-naught for the whole country was 0.88 and admission of COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) also showed a declining trend.
In this regard, according to him, the National COVID-19 immunisation Programme (PICK) recorded 85.1% of the adult population with complete vaccination as at September 28).
At the same time, the Adolescent National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (Adolescent PICK) received very encouraging response when 1,217,386 doses of vaccine were administered to adolescents aged between 12 to 17.
“This development is in line with the objective of the government to have as many students completing vaccination as school session is starting in stages from October,” he said.
On interstate travel, Ismail Sabri said the government would allow it when the rate of full vaccination of the adult population reaches 90% as announced by him on September 22.
The government is also considering to open more economic sectors to operate as normal to enable the people to continue living like before after the sectors were closed for so long, he said.