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Decision on whether to relax MySejahtera check-in requirement to be made ‘in a week or two’

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says the decision will take into account the current developments in the country which has passed the peak of the Omicron wave.

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Any decision to relax the requirement to check in at premises using the MySejahtera application will be announced within one to two weeks, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the decision would take into account the current developments in the country which had passed the peak of the Omicron wave and was now in the midst of transitioning to the endemic phase.

“For this transition phase, whether we are satisfied with the trend of infections where we no longer need micro-detection, or if we are brave enough to relax the MySejahtera check-in (requirement), we will make (a decision on it).

“The health ministry is monitoring in terms of infection patterns and we will decide within a week or two whether we will continue or not in terms of scanning the MySejahtera code for check-ins,” he said at a press conference in Parliament today.

Khairy was responding to a question on the decline in the average number of check-ins using MySejahtera, and whether it was still relevant in the transition to endemic phase.

He said although the country was heading towards to endemic phase, the Covid-19 SOPs still required every individual to check in using the app except in open areas.

He said the use of the feature was still relevant in terms of informing those found to be casual contacts of a positive Covid-19 case.

“At the peak of the Omicron wave, we found that of the casual contacts who were notified by MySejahtera, 45% were positive, and they took steps to isolate themselves.

“So to say that this contact tracking system is no longer relevant, I do not quite agree,” he said.

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