The police will still conduct random checks in focus areas to ensure compliance to COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

This following the lifting of interstate travel restrictions from today, said Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

"Even though there is no roadblock, PDRM will still mobilise teams to ensure compliance with the SOPs and that the community practises the SOPs," Acryl said in a statement, further urging the public to continue practicing safety measures against the virus.

According to him, roadblocks, however, will continue in areas under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), Ops Benteng, and crime prevention and security preventions.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the government has agreed to allow individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination to travel interstate, without having to obtain police permission, from today.

The decision was made after the country reached the 90 percent target for adult vaccination.

Ismail also assured that the government will no longer implement a "blanket" movement control order (MCO) even if the daily COVID-19 rates increased following the easing of travel restrictions.

A targeted approach will be used instead, he said, citing the recent closure of a hotel in Langkawi to prevent the spread of the virus, instead of shutting down the whole island.

"Another example is the situation at my parliamentary constituency in Bera, where two villages have been placed under the EMCO. Restaurants and businesses at other areas in Bera remain operational," the New Straits Times (NST) quoted Ismail saying.

He noted that COVID-19 will always be around and urged Malaysians to learn to live with it.

According to the report, Health Ministry data has showed that vaccination had reduced admission to Intensive Care Units (ICU) at healthcare facilities by 83 per cent. The rate of fatalities, meanwhile, had been cut by 88 per cent.

Source: NST, PDRM Facebook
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