We are all frontliners, reminds PM as Covid-19 cases resurge

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (left) and Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the launch of the ‘Cultivating the New Normal’ campaign at Pagoh, Johor, today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has reminded Malaysians to fully comply with the SOPs and guidelines set by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19, telling them to consider themselves as frontliners.

He said the nation needs to always be wary to avoid the creation of new clusters which would see the number of positive cases rise.

“It cannot be denied that the trend of increasing cases and addition of new clusters recently was caused by the failure of some Malaysians in complying with SOPs.

“I take for example the non-compliance with the home quarantine order among a small group of individuals, who were supposed to be quarantined for 14 days after returning from abroad.

“This breaching of the order does not only endanger their family members and friends, but also exposes the community to Covid-19,” he said while launching the “Cultivating the New Normal” campaign at Pagoh, Johor, today.

Muhyiddin said Putrajaya is prepared to enforce the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) on any locality that sees a sudden spike in positive cases.

Noting that several countries are working on creating a vaccine for the virus, he said Malaysia is prepared to assist in producing the antidote.

He said the health ministry had established a cross-border task force in April to explore opportunities to forge strategic partnerships with other countries in the study and production of Covid-19 vaccines and medicine.

Acknowledging that a vaccine might only be able to be produced some time next year, he urged Malaysians to continue complying with the set SOPs to keep the virus at bay.

“Let us continue making these new norms a culture in our everyday lives. Without your cooperation, it would be impossible to succeed in breaking the Covid-19 chain of infection,” he said.