The government does not have plans to shut down economic sectors again despite the country having recorded an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“Life will go on as usual, but we need to take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our families, including getting the booster dose against Covid-19,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Meanwhile, the prime minister also advised the public to take appropriate measures to avoid Covid-19 infections even though many relaxations had been given since the country entered the Transition to Endemic phase on 1 April.
“Although face masks are no longer mandatory outdoors, we must always be cautious and take the initiative to wear them, especially in crowded places. We need to contain the virus from spreading and it is now in our hands (to protect ourselves),” he said.
Apart from that, he said that there are about 7 million Malaysians who have yet to take their Covid-19 booster shots.
He then encouraged them to get their vaccinations as soon as possible following the current surge in cases.
He said although the booster shots are not compulsory, obtaining them would ensure better protection against infection, especially with possible new variants.
“Our daily cases have risen above the 3,000-mark. Previously, the BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron subvariants were posing a threat and now the BA.5 variant cases are on the rise.”
“Those who have not received their booster shots, please do so immediately. It is not mandatory but will give us better protection,” he said.
Commenting on the possibility of reopening Covid-19 mega vaccination centres (PPV) to cater for Malaysians who have yet to receive their booster shots, Ismail Sabri said the matter would be decided by the Health Ministry.