In a press conference yesterday (16 June), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the National Recovery Plan for Covid-19 and he outlines the 4 phases that will gradually ease the movement restrictions and help Malaysians to live a normal life free of Covid-19.
The progression of to the next phases will depend on the 3 following indicators:
- The number of Covid-19 cases daily
- The capacity of the healthcare system, including beds available in intensive care units (ICU)
- The percentage of the population that has been vaccinated against Covid-19
Muhyiddin gave an expected timeline for Malaysia to move out of the Covid-19 pandemic and the plans were as detailed in the infographic below.
The Phase 1, which is the current phase where the nationwide Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) is imposed. This is where the daily Covid-19 cases remained high and the healthcare system is at its full capacity. In addition, the vaccination rate remained low.
While moving on to Phase 2, the average daily Covid-19 cases should fall below 4,000 and the healthcare system must not be at a critical stage, and 10% of the population must be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the movement restrictions will still be tight but economic activities will be allowed to operate in stages, and subject to a 80% workforce on site. It is important to take not that interstate travel and social activities remained prohibited during this period.
At Phase 3, the average number of daily Covid-19 cases should fall below 2,000 and the healthcare system should be at a “comfortable” level. ICU bed capacity must have been reduced too. At this point, 40% of the population must be vaccinated.
It is estimated that this can be achieved by the end of August too.
All economic sectors, other than those on the high-risk list will be allowed to operate at a workforce capacity of 80%. High-risk economic activities are those that are considered to have close-contact or crowded spaces.
Muhyiddin also mentioned there are considerations for companies to operate fully, as long as all workers have been vaccinated. He added that social activities such as education and sports will be reopened in phases too.
The Parliament will be allowed to reconvene in this Phase and it is subjected to strict SOPs as well.
Finally at Phase 4, this will begin after the daily Covid-19 cases are below 500 and at least 60% of the population is vaccinated. Muhyiddin said that the Government expects this to be achievable after October.
In this phase, all economic sectors are allowed to operate. Nevertheless, social activities, interstate travel and domestic tourism will be allowed but under strict SOPs.
Lastly, he added that the expected timeline of the National Recovery Plan is dynamic and it will all depend on the main indicators.
Watch the press conference here: