Interstate travel may be allowed from early or mid-October, National Recovery Council (MPN) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin has said.

According to him, this after Health Ministry data showed that the national vaccination rate is approaching 90 per cent.

"You can start crossing state borders from early or mid-October.

"So you can go anywhere within in the country, but always remember to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs)," Harian Metro quoted Muhyiddin saying in a press statement yesterday.

He had earlier chaired an MPN meeting, which was also attended by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, as well as several other senior ministers.

According to Muhyiddin, the meeting also discussed about reopening the country's borders, which has been largely closed since March last year, since the COVID-19 pandemic broke.

"The proposal is being scrutinized by the relevant ministers. If approved, it would allow fully vaccinated Malaysia to resume travel.

"If the (reopening) is approved, it would also allow visitors, tourists, businessmen and investors to come into the country, and that will give a good impact to the country (economy wise)," he said.

The country's COVID-19 situation seem to be on a downward trend the last few days.

Until yesterday, 2.2 million have been infected by COVID-19 and 25,695 people have died from it.

The global COVID-19 infection and death tally, meanwhile, has surpassed 233 million, and 4.76 million, respectively.

Source: Harian Metro
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