by TMR / pic by BERNAMA
THE government has decided to reopen several tourism activities and the sports sector during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period in an effort to bolster both the industries.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Motac) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) had submitted the proposal in the National Security Council (NSC) meeting, and the council in principle agreed with the proposal.
“The NSC has agreed to approve the application from Motac to open tourism activities, including outdoor activities such as the National Zoo, Legoland and other activities.
“However, we have asked the ministry to present a more detailed and clear standard operating procedures (SOPs) after holding discussions with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and NSC,” he said in a press conference yesterday.
As for the sports sector, the minister said the proposal from the KBS is mainly related to outdoor sports activities.
He added that the technical committee will meet tomorrow to clarify the details of the new SOPs for the sports sector.
He also noted that the government will announce the new SOPs for tourism and the sports sector to the public very soon.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said Malaysians who wish to return home from abroad can continue to do so without undergoing a Covid-19 swab test in the origin country.
However, he said they will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine process for 10 days.
The police arrested a total of 201 individuals for violating the MCO on Dec 14.
As for the number of new Covid-19 cases, the MoH yesterday reported 1,772 new patients who tested positive.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total, Kuala Lumpur (KL) recorded the highest number with 696 positive cases.
He said the increase in new cases in KL was due to the screening at the Damanlela construction site which resulted in 567 positive cases, or 81.5%.
“The second state to record the highest daily cases was Selangor with 503 cases, followed by Sabah with 260 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Perlis, Sarawak and Putrajaya did not record any new case yesterday.
The increase in new cases brought the country’s overall total to 86,618 with 14,515 patients being treated at health facilities nationwide.
Among the active cases yesterday, 118 patients were placed in the intensive care unit, with 56 of them requiring respiratory aid.
Meanwhile, 1,084 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 71,681, which equalled 82.8%.
Three new deaths were reported in Sabah yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 422. The deceased were between the age of 45 and 88 and all of them had pre-existing medical conditions.