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Most states to reach Phase 4 of NRP by October

KUALA LUMPUR: Most states will move to Phase Four, the final phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), by October at the earliest.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the anticipation is based on continuous efforts to implement the recovery process and the immunisation programme currently running smoothly.

Muhyiddin said this in his briefing on the NRP at the special sitting of the Parliament today.

“I would like to explain that the Government had decided during the special meeting of the National Security Council that states already in Phase 2 will not return to Phase 1 and states that have moved into Phase 3 will not go back to Phase 2.”

The NRP, announced on June 15, underlines four transition phases, with every phase of transition to be assessed and considered for each state based on three key indicators, namely average daily cases, bed occupancy at intensive care units, and percentage of fully vaccinated adults.

So far, eight states have moved into Phase 2, namely Perlis, Perak, Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pulau Pinang, Sabah, and Sarawak.

“This is because the NRP emphasises an exit strategy with no turning back,” he said.

As such, the Government would continue carrying out risk assessments in terms of the states’ readiness to move to the next phase of the NRP.

Muhyiddin said if there were an increase in the number of cases in those states, the government would tighten movement controls based on the localities involved without imposing comprehensive controls on the state or district as is currently done.

The Prime Minister said transitions from one phase to another would involve opening economic and social activities in stages, and would not follow any schedule, but would instead be based on the state’s achievements in the key indicators.

“We plan, but surely, Allah is the best of planners,” said Muhyiddin.

Written by Ezri

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