Rush for approvals ahead of total lockdown tomorrow creates confusion, sends ministry’s website crashing

Confusion reigned as the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s website crashed earlier today as those operating essential services rushed to get their approvals ahead of the total lockdown in Malaysia tomorrow.

Several Twentytwo13 readers reached out, unsure of which ministry they should apply to, while others said they had yet to obtain approval letters and were unsure if they would be able to move around and operate tomorrow.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said the essential services that will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent workforce throughout the lockdown from June 1 to June 14 are:

  • Supermarkets, departmental stores (limited to sales of food, beverages and essential items)
  • Pharmacy and self-care stores
  • Convenience stores, mini-marts, grocery stores
  • E-commerce
  • Wholesale and supply of essential products

Those allowed to operate at 60 per cent workforce are:

  • Restaurants (including those in shopping malls)
  • Laundry services
  • Pet stores and shops selling animal food
  • Optometrists
  • Hardware stores (however, installing or repair works at homes are barred)
  • Workshops
  • Petrol stations

Checks at press time revealed the ministry’s website had crashed. An alternative registration link was provided by the ministry. However, it too, was also down later in the day due to heavy traffic.

Here’s the roundup of The News Normal.

PROPER STORAGE, TRAINING NEEDED BEFORE PRIVATE GPs CAN GIVE COVID-19 VACCINE SHOTS

A 2014 study titled ‘Vaccine Storage in Private Practice: A community trial’ published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, revealed that vaccine storage practices in private practitioner clinics are poor, and that a concerted effort to improve them at the national level had been lacking.

The study was commissioned as faulty handling and storage were perceived to be high. It was also aimed at obtaining information on current vaccine storage practices in PPCs and to assess if intervention could improve those practices.

MOBILE COVID-19 VACCINATION TRUCKS FOR PPR, CONSTRUCTION SITES IN KL 

Mobile Covid-19 vaccination trucks will be used by medical workers to inoculate those living in People’s Housing Schemes (PPR) and construction sites.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he had discussed the matter with Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

“The outreach programme will also focus on construction sites that are still operating during the lockdown period,” he said.

Khairy added that 400,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and around 600,000 Sinovac vaccine doses will arrive in the country this week.

A total of 6,824 new Covid-19 cases were reported today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 572,357.

ALL KL PUBLIC PARKS TO SHUT DURING LOCKDOWN

All public parks under the purview of Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be closed from June 1 to June 14.

In a statement, City Hall said the move is aimed at minimising the movement of people during the lockdown period.

DAILY COVID-19 CASES IN KELANTAN EXPECTED TO HIT 1,000 NEXT MONTH

Kelantan State Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said the number of Covid-19 cases in the state is expected to reach 1,000 per day from next month.

He said the high rate of infection within the community and the failure to adhere to the standard operating procedures during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration had resulted in the surge of Covid-19 cases in the state.

A total of 695 new cases were recorded in Kelantan today.

RACE AGAINST TIME – EMPOWER LOCAL PROVIDER, CUT RED TAPE TO SPEED UP VACCINATION RATE

We need to be proactive rather than reactive in implementing policies or strategies, says Dr John Teo, a Kota Kinabalu-based obstetrician and gynaecologist. In his column, Dr Teo lists ways to get more people vaccinated in the ongoing battle against Covid-19.

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