PM to chair special meeting on Covid-19 tomorrow

A file picture of Muhyiddin Yassin at a Cabinet meeting this year.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to chair a special meeting on Covid-19 tomorrow, a federal minister revealed today hours after the highest daily number of infections was reported since the pandemic began.

Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa said on Twitter: “Tomorrow, YAB PM will chair a special Covid-19 meeting”. He hoped that “stern and immediate action” would be taken.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in a response to Annuar’s tweet said he hoped new SOPs would help contain the virus. “We must not sit back,” he said.

An administration source confirmed with FMT that a special Covid-19 meeting would take place and that it would be held in the morning.

Earlier, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry had urged that all large-scale events and mass gatherings be postponed following the increase in cases.

He said there had not been any discussions about any possible lockdown in Selangor. However, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has also urged Selangor residents to remain at home and not go out to crowded public places unnecessarily.

An opposition MP and 64 parent-teacher groups in Klang have also called for schools in the district to be closed.

Noor Hisham said mass gatherings should be avoided to break the infection chain. “If mass gatherings or conferences need to be held, each organiser must ensure that the standard operating procedures (SOP) set are complied with by all parties.

“We are still in the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period and everyone must comply with the SOP set by the National Security Council,” he told a press conference here today.

Noor Hisham said there was no recommendation from the ministry to limit activities in the social sector so far, although the daily Covid-19 cases showed an increase.

The health ministry has said that 287 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, all of which were local infections. There were 31 new cases in Selangor, including two new clusters, and 129 cases in Kedah from the recently identified Tembok cluster.

Today’s cases bring the total number of infections in Malaysia to 11,771.