‘Increase in COVID-19 Cases Not a Conspiracy to Call Off Aidilfitri Celebrations’—KJ

The daily number of national COVID-19 cases continues to record a rise when it hit 13,944 today compared to 11,034 yesterday.

The surge in number brings the cumulative total to date to 2,939,198 million.

Previously, the Ministry of Health predicted the number of daily cases could reach up to 22,000 by the end of March if the R-naught (Ro/Rt) value remains at 1.2 till the end of next month.

In view of the current trend, employers are advised to resume the practice of working from home (WFH) or implement the rotation system for office attendance.

Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar stated that the practice of WFH ensures a safe environment at the workplace.

“The government also advises employers to help employees undergo immediate COVID-19 screening if they are symptomatic, as some workers may find it difficult to obtain the test kit.

“Employers are also advised to obtain special incentives allocated by the Ministry of Finance to refurnish the ventilation system at the workplace.

“This is to ensure a maximum safety level and protect the health of workers,” he said during a special media conference yesterday.

Khairy Jamaluddin also added that the current increase in COVID-19 cases is not a government conspiracy to call off or postpone Aidilfitri celebrations coming May.

He said that in fact, many countries are facing similar situations.

“The Omicron wave is not only faced in Malaysia, other countries including those in Europe are also experiencing a spike.

“Singapore reported more than 13,208 new cases of COVID-19 on 4 Feb 2022, threefold compared to the day before.

“On 5 February, Korea reported 38,670 daily cases, Indonesia (33,729 cases), Thailand (10,879 cases), Philippines (7,469 cases), Australia (22,985 cases) and Japan 102,275 cases,” he mentioned.


Rosli Mansor


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