On 4 November, the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the Malaysian government plans to replace the National Recovery Plan (NRP) with a new ‘traffic-light’ based system as indicators for lifting the movement restrictions due to Covid-19.
According to Code Blue, Khairy confirmed that the government will certainly migrate to a new Covid-19 framework, but the details of it are yet to be finalised.
“However — I mean, this is just for internal consumption. Eventually, we will move away from these phases to a new system of reporting. Now, we want to make sure that most of the states will go into Phases Three and Four.”
“But the NRP will migrate to a new way of categorising where we are after this.” Khairy told the health, science and innovation special select parliament committee in a meeting on 28 September.
During the meeting, Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen asked whether this new framework would be similar to a traffic light system and Khairy responded that it will be “something like that”.
Khairy also explained that the NRP is a one-way system and it cannot regress. So that does not take into consideration situation where cases goes up again.
Hence, a new system is being discussed so as to take into consideration of this matter.
Currently, countries such as New Zealand have announced that it will be implemented the traffic light system, where it would eliminate almost all lockdowns and generally allow way more freedom to its citizens.
The basic idea of this system is that regions would be categorised based on the colours of the traffic light.
A “green light” would mean almost no restrictions on travel, gatherings, and businesses operating. Face coverings would be recommended, but not mandatory, and some QR scanning would be required.
At “orange light”, face masks would be required in spaces like retail and hospitality. Workplaces and retail stores would remain open, but there may be capacity limits.
If the spread of Covid-19 possibly threatens the New Zealand health care system, the “red light” setting will be used. This would limit private gatherings and restrict some inter-regional travel. Schools and retail stores would remain open, but may have capacity limits.
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