The government will no longer use daily cases as the yardstick

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz has announced via his Facebook page that the Covid-19 daily cases will no longer be used as the yardstick to ease curbs for states who have entered into the second phase of the national recovery plan.

The state will instead be utilising the Covid-19 hospitalisation rate as one of the three indicators to allow states to move to the third and fourth phases of the plan. 

The other threshold which is the vaccination rate and ICU occupancy shall remain the same. When 40% of adults populations have been vaccinated, the number of new cases becomes less relevant as 98.1% of the cases shows little to no symptoms which reduce the burden on public infrastructure – However there is always a chance that their health may deteriorate over time.

The government is focusing on speeding up its vaccination drive as the new infections are piling up. The health ministry has announced that as at Aug 3, about 31% of the adult population have received both doses of the vaccine and 62% got at least one dose. 

The threshold to be met to transition according to Tengku Zafrul is that the hospitalisation rate must be three cases per 100,000 of the population for states to move from the second to the third phase. Furthermore, to get to the final stage, the rate must be 1.3 cases per 100,000 people. States in this phase may reopen their social and economic sectors under new norms. ) FMT

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