Authorities at the state and federal levels have started to investigate the likelihood of a new COVID-19 outbreak as many anticipate a substantial rise in travel from China later this month after the nation finally chose to open its borders due to a spike in cases there. One of the most recent instances is Melaka, which is reportedly considering reinstating the requirement for face masks in its SOP.
In the event of an increase in illnesses, the Melaka state administration will once more mandate the use of face masks by January 17. Dr. Muhamad Akmal Saleh, the chairman of the state health and anti-drug committee, claims that requiring face masks in public places will be a preventative strategy in response to the rise of COVID-19 cases throughout the world.
Based on our two-week appraisal of the number of cases recorded, we would not hesitate to make face masks mandatory in public and other facilities if the situation warrants it, the chairman stated. Despite the fact that wearing a face mask in a public place is not required by law, Dr. Muhamad recommended travellers to start doing so right once.
In addition, he is urging Malaysians, particularly those in high-risk categories, who have not yet received a boost to do so. In case you missed it, starting on January 9th, walk-in booster injections will be available at any public health institution for high-risk persons, such as seniors, those with comorbidities, or anyone who are at high risk of developing significant symptoms. You may still schedule an appointment with MySejahtera if you do not fall under one of those criteria.
Sabah is also in the process of implementing new SOPs, so it’s not just Melaka that is debating whether to impose its own COVID-19 mandate. The state administration first declared that Chinese visitors would need to undergo a pre-departure test in order to enter; however, it postponed the policy and will now finalise the adjustments after receiving a briefing from its Health Department this week.
In terms of the federal government, the Ministry of Health will begin performing fever checks on all overseas arrivals and will also be testing sewage samples from Chinese planes, but it has no plans to bring back the requirement for face masks in aircraft or interior settings. The government would enforce harsher regulations for all incoming travellers, according to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, without favouring Chinese visitors.