8 July 2020
Malaysians are reminded to remain vigilant and practise self-discipline to remain safe from Covid-19, to prevent possible lockdown as faced by those in Melbourne, Australia, who are once again placed under restrictions due to surge in cases.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said any prior efforts to curb the virus would be futile if continuous preventive measures were not being practised by everyone.
“With the cooperation of all Malaysians, our country has managed to contain the spread of the virus. However, this does not mean that we can be careless as the virus is still around us. Hence, we must ensure that we always practice self-discipline.
“In Australia, for example, the spread of the virus was initially controlled. However, the government was forced to enforce six-week travel restrictions once again on Melbourne, second biggest city in Australia, to curb the spread of the virus. Travel restrictions are also imposed on the borders of two states due to surge in Covid-19 cases there.
“The situation (ease of restrictions) that we have now can change if we fail to adhere to SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) issued by the government. It seems that nothing is happening, but as long as the vaccine is not found, virus is still in the environment and in the bodies of those around us (infected with the virus),” he told a press conference today.
Earlier, Ismail Sabri said the Health Ministry had conducted Covid-19 screening on 13,288 people upon their arrival in the country via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) between June 10 and yesterday (July 7).
Of the total, 13,236 people were tested negative for the virus and ordered to undergo mandatory home quarantine, while 52 others were found positive for the virus and were sent to the hospital for treatment.
A total of 375 Malaysians returned to the country and arrived at the KLIA and klia2 on July 7, of which 374 were ordered to undergo mandatory home quarantine and one was sent to the hospital, he said.
He said these Malaysians had returned from China, Indonesia, Japan, India and Qatar.
Ismail Sabri reminded those undergoing mandatory home quarantine to comply with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.