Decision today on whether Sarawak to move into Phase II of NRP

THE Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will meet today to decide on the state’s preparations to transit into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

The meeting would look into whether the State should be divided into different zones and zones that meet the three main thresholds for moving into Phase II, should be allowed to do so. Earlier the National Security Council had listed the thresholds as seven-day average new cases, intensive care unit bed capacity and vaccination rate.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the committee would also look into how to implement this if the proposal was accepted, the NST reported.

“Our preparations will also be in assessing the Covid-19 pandemic conditions in every district.

“We will use the established NRP three threshold value indicators in moving from Phase One to Phase Two and the subsequent phases.”

“If our daily figures on positive cases continue to demonstrate the downward trend like in the past few days and today, we should be moving into the Phase Two soon.”

Uggah, also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the downward trend could be due to two reasons.

“First is the Movement Control Order (MCO) which has put restrictions on our movement and many activities are not allowed.”

“So this is the purpose of the MCO to get people to stay home where they cannot gather or travel inter-district, thus stopping the chain of transmissions.

“Another reason and maybe to a certain extent the drop may be due to our very active vaccination programme,” he said.

“But we cannot really be sure as we have yet to complete vaccinating our targeted 2.2 million people.”