Health DG: Religious services to resume in stages

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, May 21: Religious services will resume in stages, depending on the current outbreak situation, reveals Ministry of Health (MoH) director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, currently, priority is only given to caretakers of the various houses of worship, with a maximum capacity of 30 individuals.

“We have started to reopen mosques capped with a maximum capacity of 30 people. Likewise, we are are also reopening other religious services in stages and slowly.


“We will continue to monitor the situation closely, especially in terms of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) implementation, and if we are happy with it, then we can increase the capacity in stages too,” he said during the daily press conference to provide Covid-19 updates in Putrajaya, today.

Earlier today,Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced non-Muslim houses of worship located in Covid-19 green zones will be allowed to open starting June 10 for one or two days a week for important religious events only.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also disclosed a total of 90 Covid-19 patients have recovered and were discharged today, as the country recorded 50 new cases.

From the 50 new cases reported, three cases were imported, and the remaining 47 by local transmission, also involving 41 foreigners with most from the Immigration Department Detention Depo in Bukit Jalil.

“At the same time, the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) also reported that zero death was recorded and the total deaths due to Covid-19 remains at 114 cases (1.61 per cent).

“As of now, a total of 10 Covid-19 positive cases are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), whereby seven of them require respiratory assistance,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that MoH will continue to work with district health offices in order to detect the spread of Covid-19 effectively.

He emphasised the ministry will continue its targeted approach at individuals who had close contact with Covid-19 cases, including conducting active screening tests and isolating positive cases in hospitals.

“The close contact will also be put under ministry observation and subjected to monitoring under Section 15(1) Act 342,” he added. — DayakDaily