With new clusters appearing in East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia, the government is considering making the use of face masks in public places compulsory.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a press conference on 20 July that the final decision will be made and announced soon. He also expressed concern over the new clusters surfacing in the country and reminded all Malaysians to continue to adhere to the standard operating procedures set by the government.
“In this phase of the Rehabilitation Movement Control Order or PKPP, every individual, family and community is frontline workers or frontliners,” he said.
“Parents must always remind their children to always wear face masks when leaving the house. Remind them to take care of social distancing, always wash their hands, avoid crowded places, do not shake hands and so on.”
Muhyiddin Yassin also noted that just because Covid-19 cases are declining, it doesn’t mean that we no longer have to wear face masks in public places.
“The practice of the new normal habits must continue,” he said, adding that the battle with the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over.
“I always advise all Malaysians to avoid shaking hands, but I see now that there are those who not only shake hands but also hug when meeting friends and relatives.”
“Yes, it is good to strengthen friendship and brotherhood, but let us not forget that we are still in the recovery phase of Covid-19”
“These practices are good in terms of social interaction, but they are very bad in terms of our efforts to protect ourselves.”
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As we are trying to make our days count during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, the Malaysian government has recently developed a mobile application — MySejahtera — to assist the citizens in monitoring the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. According to MySejahtera’s website, this application also provides necessary information for the Ministry of Health to plan for early and effective countermeasures.
Apparently, this app allows users to perform self-assessments on themselves and their family members. Users are also allowed to monitor their health progress throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. If needed, the app will also be able to locate the nearest hospitals and clinics for Covid-19 screening and treatment.
This app was developed through strategic cooperation between the National Security Council (NSC), the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
How do we use the app? Here are six steps provided by MySejahtera on its website.
Step 2: Enter your mobile phone number or email address
Step 3: Click the ‘Submit’ button. You will receive a One Time Pin (OTP) via SMS from MySMS 63839 (if you registered using phone number) or email (if you registered using email)
Step 4: Enter the OTP and click ‘Send’
Step 5: Fill in your registration details and click ‘Send’. You will receive a ‘Successful Registration’ message
Step 6: Download the MySejahtera application
The app is available on Apple App Store, Google Play Store as well as Huawei AppGallery. It is supported by all Android smartphone users running version 4.4 and above, as well as iPhone users running iOS 11 and above.
Admin tried registering and installing the app, it is absolutely easy to get through. I have also done the health self-assessment by answering the questions given, the app then classified me under the “Low Risk” group. There is also a total of six classifications, namely Low Risk, Casual Contact, Close Contact, Person Under Surveillance (PUS), Person Under Investigation (PUI), and Confirmed Case.
Here’s a list of description for the classifications:
Low Risk: Individuals with low risk of Covid-19 infection.
Casual Contact: Individuals who were likely exposed to another person infected with Covid-19.
Close Contact: Individuals who have been exposed to individuals infected with Covid-19. This covers:
Healthcare-associated exposure, including providing direct care for Covid-19 patients without using appropriate PPE, working with health care workers infected with Covid-19, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a Covid-19 patient.
Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with Covid-19 patient
Travelling together with Covid-19 patient in any kind of conveyance
Living in the same household as a Covid-19 patient
Person Under Surveillance (PUS): Individuals who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, for example, individuals with a history of travelling abroad within 14 days.
Person Under Investigation (PUI): Individuals who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, for example, individuals with a history of travelling abroad within 14 days before the onset of symptoms or who have attended mass gatherings.
Confirmed Case: Individuals tested positive for Covid-19.
Other than the classification on the app, it also provides the latest information on Covid-19. If you switch over to the Dashboard, you can choose to look at local or international Covid-19 data. You can even see how many recorded cases there are according to each state in Malaysia.
The Senior Minister explained that the task of sending the face masks to the respective State Security Councils will be coordinated by the APM. Once the masks have reached APM, it will then be distributed to the districts via district disaster management committees.
“From there, it will be distributed from house to house by district frontliners,” he said, reported Berita Awani. As for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, the face masks will be sent over by a special Royal Malaysian Air Force flight this Friday (10 April), before they are distributed.
He also urged those with COVID-19 symptoms such as cough and fever to wear the face masks as advised by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This initiative was taken by the government after people expressed difficulties in obtaining face masks due to high market demand.