The National Recovery Plan (NRP) previously announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in June uses the number of daily Covid-19 cases as one of the benchmark for a state to move from a Phase to another.
However, the coordinating minister of the NRP, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, said that the benchmark will now be replaced with the number of cases with serious symptoms that needed hospital admission.
Having said that, the number of daily Covid-19 cases will become less relevant for the government to make any decision based on it too.
Zafrul explained that as the vaccination rate is 40% among the adult population, most of the new cases were asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic (categories one and two). This had effectively reduced the burden on the public health infrastructure.
In the Facebook post, he also said that for the transition from Phase 2 to Phase 3, a hospital admission rate of three cases per 100,000 population needs to be met, while a hospital admission rate of 1.3 cases per 100,000 population is needed for the transition from Phase 3 to Phase 4.
“However, the vaccination rate, as well as the intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation rate indicators are still maintained,” he said in the 64th Report of the National Economic Implementation and Strategic Coordination Agency (LAKSANA).
Meanwhile, Zafrul, who is also the Finance Minister, said that a high vaccination rate of the population had helped reduce the number of serious symptomatic cases and this is backed by researched data and science.
He added that this trend is observed not only overseas, but in Sarawak and Labuan too.
Previously, it was announced that Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan had met a set of threshold value and had moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of the NRP.
“Perlis has already met all the previous threshold values to move to Phase Three, while Sarawak has already achieved a vaccination rate of 63.7% of the adult population, surpassing the threshold value for Phase Four for the indicator, which is 60%.”
“Although the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak is more than 300 a day, but the number of cases per day identified in categories 3, 4 and 5 is less than 10 cases, or 2% of the cases reported.” he said.
Meanwhile, Labuan has achieved a vaccination rate of 80% among adult population, which has contributed to a reduction of patients in the ICU by up to 20%.
Zafrul added that the situation in Labuan is recognised as a resounding success as, not long ago, Labuan is experiencing a dire situation with uncontrolled transmisstion rates. However, the rapid and widespread vaccination had help curb the Covid-19 spread, as well as reduce the ICU admission rates significantly.
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