MITI prefer to tighten Covid-19 SOP instead of lockdown

The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) could consider tightening the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks at ignition sites and introducing clear guidance on geospatial planning such as quantifying indoor settings at any given time.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said, they could step up targetted testing as well as regulate the costs of RTK-Antigen test kits to make Covid-19 testing more affordable and on a larger scale, particularly for industries.

“It has also been suggested that SOPs for social events can be tightened while a full ban on inter-state travel should be imposed for the interim. In any event, the call is for businesses to open on the condition precedent of full compliance with stricter SOPs.

“It cannot be over emphasised that at the end of the day, community engagement and empowerment remains key.

“This is because the pandemic starts and spreads in communities and the solutions are within the communities themselves through their behaviour, adaptation and compliance,” he said in a statement.

The senior minister also said MITI acknowledges the strong support and collaboration by industry stakeholders and the ‘rakyat’ towards ensuring economic recovery and sustainability during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Public-Private-Rakyat synergy is an invaluable value proposition for nation building and should be embraced by all,” said Azmin.

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