Endemic phase ‘on hold’ because of Omicron

The public authority will place its arrangements to move into the endemic period of Covid-19 on hold due to the recently recognized Omicron variation.

“For now, the Ministerial Quartet has chosen to briefly stop our endeavors to move into the ‘endemic progress’ stage until we discover more with regards to Omicron,” said safeguard serve Hishammuddin Hussein subsequent to leading a gathering of the group of four today.

The World Health Organization yesterday cautioned that the Omicron variation represents a “extremely high” hazard internationally, while recently, wellbeing pastor Khairy Jamaluddin said the variation, which was first identified in South Africa last Wednesday, is “likely more contagious” than the Delta variation.

Hishammuddin said the public authority has noticed that Omicron has not exclusively been distinguished in South Africa however has likewise spread to the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, Belgium and Denmark.

Aside from the restriction on movement to South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, which happened last week, he said the public authority will presently hope to force more tight global boundary controls on nations that have announced the Omicron cases.

He said the wellbeing service, which is looking for more nitty gritty data on Omicron’s brooding period, indications and contagiousness, will declare further insights concerning the movement limitations at the appropriate time.

Meanwhile, the SOPs at present set up for states in Phases 3 and 4 of the public recuperation plan will remain.

Recently, Hishammuddin had said the progress to the endemic stage would be done all the while the nation over and in view of global rules, including those set by WHO.

He likewise said the progress to the endemic stage was the public authority’s subsequent stage as every one of the states, aside from Sarawak and Kelantan, were at that point in Phase 4 of the recuperation plan.

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