Dr Zaliha: 'No plan for special Aidilfitri SOP'

KULAI: The government does not plan to set any special Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the public to combat, prevent and control the spread of Covid-19 during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive period.

Health Minister, Dr Zaliha Mustafa, said this is because the number of Covid-19 cases in the country is still under control.

"It's true that the number of Covid-19 cases has increased, but they are still under control.

"We need not panic despite there being an increase such as the Omicron sub-variant. Maybe it is contagious, but its level of severity is still very low," she told a press conference after visiting Hospital Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim, here, today (Apr 20).

Also present was Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching, who is also Kulai Member of Parliament (MP).

Dr Zaliha said this when asked to comment if the government plans to come up with any special SOP in conjunction with the Aidilfitri festive period.

However, she encouraged the public, especially those with symptoms, to wear face masks.

Meanwhile, on the appointment of a new Health director-general to replace Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who retires tomorrow (Apr 21), she said it would be announced soon.

"As to who will replace Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham, I ask for patience please. We have the names of the potential replacements. And I will make an announcement about it soon," she said. – Bernama

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