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Malaysia can’t afford more lockdowns, says Khairy

He says this is from the economic aspect as well as that of public welfare.

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Malaysia cannot afford another lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says.

In a Twitter post, he said this was from the economic aspect as well as the welfare of the people.

He said the government’s strategy to contain the spread of the virus was to implement mitigation strategies.

“There is no doubt that China’s approach (to enforce a lockdown) has been effective,” he said.

“However, their containment and ‘Zero Covid’ strategy also means a total lockdown (is enforced) when there are only three positive cases.”

He also included a screenshot of a news report titled “Yuzhou: Second Chinese city forced into Covid lockdown”.

Khairy said Malaysia, after having successfully achieved high vaccination rates, had managed its Covid-19 cases effectively, besides constantly reminding the people to continue adhering to SOPs to ensure the fatality rate, use of ICUs and hospital admissions can be reduced.

Khary also expressed his full support for Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah as health director-general.

This followed Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing’s statement on Facebook questioning Noor Hisham’s background and expertise as a surgeon and not in the field of public health.

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