Five states to enter Phase Two of recovery plan on July 5

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Perlis, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang will be among the first states in the country to move into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting Monday (July 5).

This follows the decision by the National Security Council to allow the states to transit into the next phase of the NRP once they have met the respective threshold indicators for each of the phases.

The matter was announced during a joint press conference between Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz today.

Zafrul said the new daily case indicators for all states to move on to Phase 2 is calculated by dividing the state’s population with the total population and multiplying it by 4,000 cases for Phase 2.

The daily case threshold for the past seven days in Kelantan is 123, Terengganu (29), Pahang (205), Perak (203) and Perlis (2).

ICU usage in Kelantan and Pahang is at a “moderate’ level while in Terengganu, Perak and Perlis it is “adequate”.

All five states have also fully vaccinated more than 10% of the population.

Kelantan has fully vaccinated 11.5% of its population, Terengganu (11.2%), Pahang (12.1%), Perak (11.8%) and Perlis (23.5%).

Zafrul added that the lockdown, which has been in place for more than a month, has also been successful with some states recording a sharp decline in Covid-19 infections.

“Kelantan and Terengganu have shown more than 80% decline in cases since June 1,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur was at the bottom of the list, recording only a 14% decline in the number of cases.

Zafrul said the Klang Valley now contributes to close to 50% of Covid-19 cases.

Ismail Sabri, who is also the Senior Defence Minister, said among the changes for the states entering the second phase included more activities for the trade and distribution sectors.

“Among the activities allowed to operate included book and stationery shops, computer and telecommunication outlets, car wash as well as barbershop but only for haircuts,” he said.

Inter-district and inter-state movement, said Ismail Sabri, were still prohibited for the five states.

Exemption, however, would be given for schoolteachers and students required to attend classes to prepare for their examinations.

He added that exemption would also be given to long-distance couples staying in states placed under the Second Phase of the NRP.

“The exemptions for long-distance couples to travel between districts and states (placed under the Second Phase of the NRP) would only be given for emergency and special cases subjected to permission by the police.

“Special cases, for example, includes if the wife is in labour or wife with small children who are not well and required the presence of her husband.

“They must, however, obtain permission from the police,” he said.

Ismail Sabri added that agro-markets and morning markets are also allowed to operate from 7 am and 11 am daily under the Second Phase.

“These markets are limited to sell the following commodities namely vegetables, fruits, grocery items, processed chicken, seafood and meat,” he said.