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Ministry of Health finalizes SOPs for reopening international borders, says Muhyiddin

PUTRAJAYA: Ministry of Health is close to finalizing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for reopening Malaysia’s borders, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Photo).

The chairman of the National Recovery Council (NRC) said the government would make the announcement soon once it has been approved by the Cabinet.

He said the delay in reopening the country will leave a huge impact on the country, especially in terms of the economy.

“If we are late to open the country for one day, we will have to bear significant costs.

“The sooner we can reopen the better,” he told a press conference after chairing the third meeting of the NRC on Tuesday February 22.

Muhyiddin said that despite the current surge in Covid-19 cases mainly due to the Omicron variant, the healthcare system is still able to handle the situation.

“If the health ministry can handle it, there should be no problem (to reopen the border),” he said.

He also said the country’s tourism sector relies heavily on foreign visitors, who contributed RM80 billion in revenue before the pandemic. Therefore, the rapid reopening of the border is important.

It has previously been reported that the NRC has recommended reopening the country’s borders for quarantine-free travel by March 1.

Muhyiddin said the reopening of the border was important to revive the country’s economy, especially the business and tourism sectors, and hoped that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob would accept their proposal to reopen the country’s borders. by March 1.

On February 18, Ismail Sabri said the Ministry of Health had two to three weeks to present proposals and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to the Cabinet for the reopening of the country’s borders.