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Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin speaks during the launch of the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) Health Technology Center at Mranti Park in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur on September 2, 2022. – Image by Firdaus Latif

Friday 02 Sep 2022 21:49 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 2 – An announcement on whether the face mask mandate for enclosed spaces is to be withdrawn will be made very soon, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said.

“We have already discussed it internally, we know more or less what the decision is. Give me a few days,” he said at a press conference after the launch of the National Innovation and Sandbox Health Technology Hub at MRANTI Park here today.

Khairy was responding to the statement by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) on Wednesday urging the government to review its policy on the mandatory wearing of face masks in enclosed spaces, following a similar move by many other countries, including Singapore.

MMA President Dr Koh Kar Chai said it was because the number of Covid-19 cases in the country had reached a “kind of plateau” and the number of hospitalizations due to the virus n was not high.

Prior to that, National Recovery Council Chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a decision on whether to abolish the use of face masks in enclosed spaces would be considered and decided by the Ministry of Health ( MoH).

Meanwhile, Khairy said the Department of Health is still reviewing the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to allow booster shots targeting the Omicron BA.5 subvariant.

The Health Ministry had its own technical working group for Covid-19 vaccines that will assess the data before making its recommendation, Khairy said. — Bernama