DG Health: social activities are allowed NOT because it’s safe, but to relieve the economy

It’s NOT sure to come out yet!

Acting Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced yesterday (August 19) that several social activities in states under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will be allowed from August 20 for fully vaccinated people .

These activities include restaurant meals, certain sports and recreational activities, and to pass malams.

This may have come as a shock to many, as Malaysia recorded an all-time high of 22,948 cases of Covid-19 the same day the announcement was made.

With the Delta variant still endemic in the community, going outside is certainly not safe, especially when children, who are also at risk of infection, are allowed to follow their fully vaccinated parents into these public spaces.

Appropriately, Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reminded Malaysians in a Tweeter that these social activities are allowed NOT because it’s safebut because of the economy.

“A reminder to all, many places are opening because of the economy and not because it’s safe,” he said.

“Please keep this in mind; please wear a mask, double masks if possible, practice physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Avoid crowded and confined spaces. Stay safe and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Please do not take the resumption of social activities as a green light to go out as and when you wish. Covid-19 is still infecting thousands of people every day and killing innocent people of all ages. If you really need to get out, follow strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Stay alert and stay safe!

Also Read: New Zealand Covid-19 Cases Quadruple Overnight Due to Delta Variant


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Joel C. Hicks