‘Total lockdown’ extension expected as targets to enter Phase 2 not yet met

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The “total lockdown”, or Phase 1 of the government’s exit plan for the Covid-19 pandemic is set to expire on Monday (June 28).

Reuters

Targets to move into Phase 2 and current status:

  • Daily Covid-19 cases below 4,000 – 5,803 today (7,105 when total lockdown began on June 1)
  • ICU capacity at “moderate” levels – 866 today (872 on June 1)
  • 10 percent of population fully vaccinated – 6% as of last night

However, with less than 54 hours to go, targets set by Putrajaya for the country to move into Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan have not been met.

According to the exit plan, a transition can’t take place unless three main targets are met – indicating that Phase 1 will likely be extended beyond Monday.

The main criteria to enter Phase 2 is for daily Covid-19 cases to be below 4,000, ICU capacity to be at “moderate” levels, and for 10 percent of the population to be fully vaccinated.

However, the seven-day average for Covid-19 cases as of today was 5,351, while the number of patients in ICU today (866) is almost as high as it was when the total lockdown began on June 1 (872).

Meanwhile, according to the Special Committee On Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV), only six percent of the population has been fully vaccinated as of last night.

De facto vaccination minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that Malaysia is only expected to have 10 percent of the population fully vaccinated by mid-July.

The government appears to be gearing up to extend the lockdown as well, with Khairy saying Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be announcing more economic assistance soon.

However, Phase 2 of the exit plan will not be significantly different for most people as social sectors – including activities such as dining in, will remain closed.

Phase 2 will see the slight easing of restrictions on business activity. Businesses that are allowed to operate can do so with 80 percent of their workforce. – Malaysiakini