PETALING JAYA: PAS urged the government to temporarily suspend the entry of tourists from China following the surge in Covid-19 cases in the republic.
Chief Information Officer, Khairil Nizam Khirudin said, the government needs to observe developments in China and other countries that have already received tourists from the country in question before allowing them to enter Malaysia.
He said, Malaysia needs to learn from the outbreak of the epidemic in 2020 which occurred due to the lack of measures to prevent the entry of tourists at risk of bringing Covid-19 into the country.
“Pas was called by the statement of the Minister of Health (Dr. Zaliha Mustafa) from the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional government on the issue of the entry of foreign tourists, especially from China, since the spread of new cases in the country is spreading.
“PAS advised the government to be alert to the spread of new Covid-19 cases after China allowed its citizens to travel when the pandemic cases in the republic jumped up to 62,439 cases in a week,” he said in a statement.
Chinese residents who were previously blocked from traveling abroad for three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic are now allowed to travel to their various dream destinations.
Even though the rate of Covid-19 infection in China is currently increasing sharply, the situation does not stop its citizens from booking flight tickets for vacations abroad, especially ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration season.
Following that, the Ministry of Health increased security controls at the border by stipulating that all travelers arriving from abroad, including China, at the international entrance must go through a fever screening and if detected with symptoms will be referred to the quarantine center or the health department for further examination.
In fact, monitoring at the entrance is also strengthened by taking samples of sewage water from planes coming from China and will be sent to the National Public Health Laboratory (MKAK) for PCR testing and then sent for genome sequencing if detected positive for Covid-19.
Khairil Nizam who is also a Member of Parliament for Jerantut said the government needs to identify and check tourists who are already in Malaysia to find out their Covid-19 status.
He added that the community also needs to be vigilant by practicing the existing standard operating procedures (SOP) to protect themselves from being affected by the epidemic.
“Meanwhile, the people are advised to maintain SOP by emphasizing the use of face masks and not being in crowded areas,” he said. – MESSENGER
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