Malaysia may allow on-site dining and more social activities for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia may ease some restrictions for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including allowing them to dine in restaurants, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday (July 24).

Fully immunized residents may also be able to participate in more social and athletic activities. Interstate travel could be allowed for spouses who live and work separately.

“We will finalize (the details) and I will announce it as a complete set,” Muhyiddin told reporters.

“I hope this (relaxation) will give some space or space, some respite, for people to live a slightly better life.”

The Prime Minister had said last week that the government was considering the possibility of giving “breathing room” to people who have taken their two full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A decision will be made in the coming days, he said.

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According to the Star, the government is also considering removing the requirement for travelers arriving in Malaysia to self-quarantine in hotels or centers – if they are fully vaccinated.

“We are considering some options for travelers or Malaysians returning from overseas. They can be quarantined at home rather than in a hotel or centre. This will reduce costs,” Muhyiddin was quoted by the Star as saying.

“They can be given a wrist tracker and will need to take a swab test before they come out of quarantine.”

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Malaysia reported 15,902 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a record number for the second consecutive day.

About 16% of the population have received the full two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Adham Baba said.

Nearly 16.5 million doses have been administered as of July 23 as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination program.

“A total of 34.4% or 11,222,398 people received their first shot,” he added.

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Joel C. Hicks