THE ban on travel between districts and states may be enforced until at least 70 per cent of the population have been vaccinated for Covid-19, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
He said this was based on the experience in relaxing inter-state travel last Dec 7, which had resulted spike in cases in “green states”, The Star reported.
“We saw on Dec 7 when the government allowed interstate travel. The infection was spread to other states.
“Those who were from red zones travelled to green zones, such as Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
“For the time being, we will stick to our two approaches of controlling this pandemic, which is through public health measures and our vaccination programme.
“Once 70% of the population have been vaccinated, we may then consider reopening borders, ” said Dr Noor Hisham .
Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia has been in discussion with other countries on the usage of “immunity passports”.
“Countries are discussing if we can allow cross-border travel after we have reached herd immunity.
“We are also looking at whether those who have been vaccinated are still required to undergo quarantine when entering a country.
“This requires more data which we can only achieve in the next six or nine months.
“The discussions are ongoing in the meantime, ” added Dr Noor Hisham.