Five states to move into next phase of NRP from Monday

A roadblock mounted by the police to ensure SOP compliance – Malay Mail photo

KELANTAN, Terengganu, Pahang, Perlis and Perak will move into the next phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from Monday after they have met their respective Covid-19 threshold indicators.

This was decided by the National Security Council yesterday. An announcement on this was made in a joint press conference by Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz today.

According to news reports, these five states were rewarded for having lowered their number of cases, having better control of the beds in ICU wards and having increased the percentage of the population vaccinated in accordance to set thresholds under the NRP.

“Although there has been an increase in cases, most states (based on data of the indicators) have shown a drop in cases. State-wise, many have fulfilled the indicators and this (transitioning phases) is a better outline.

“This is a reward for those states who have met the threshold and gives incentives to other states to do better,” said Tengku Zafrul.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, said that the states moving to Phase Two will see more businesses allowed to open.

“Bookshops, stationery shops, computer shops, car washes will be allowed to open. Hair salons and barbers will be allowed to operate providing basic services.

“Inter-district and interstate movement are still not allowed, except for teachers and students who are involved in important examinations.

“Long-distance couples can cross borders for emergencies and with written police permission.

“Morning and farmers’ markets are allowed for certain essential commodities such as seafood, vegetables, fruits, meat and groceries with strict SOPs but weekend markets and pasar tamu are still not allowed.

“Worker capacity for essential industries will be increased to 80%.

“Sports and recreation for individuals and non-contact sports for health purposes – such as jogging, exercising, tai chi, skateboarding, archery, equestrian, golf and motoring – which can be done with physical distancing will be allowed,” said Ismail Sabri.

He said more details of what activities are allowed and not allowed is accessible on the NSC website.

On June 15, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the four-phase NRP – with Phase One being the most restrictive.

Transitions between phases are governed by three threshold indicators – the number of daily cases, the number of beds used in intensive care units and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated.