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  • The National Recovery Plan (NRP) is a roadmap to control the COVID-19 pandemic while progressively reopening society and the economy towards the new normal
  • The NRP focuses on the phased reopening of society and economy which is expected to happen up until December 2021
  • However, the NRP is not the final and static plan to control the COVID-19 pandemic, but a dynamic plan that will be updated and improved upon as needed based on the latest data and scientific evidence on successful approaches and methodologies
  • The NRP was formed to ease the COVID-19 MCO restrictions in a manner that protects lives and livelihoods as well as achieves the following five objectives:
    1. Protect public health by managing transmissions, minimising hospitalisations and deaths
    2. Ensure that the healthcare system can cope in a sustainable manner
    3. Deploy vaccinations as quickly as possible to protect the Rakyat
    4. Reopen society and economy as fair and as quickly as possible
    5. Be responsive and flexible in adapting to the evolving environment
  • A review of global experiences and WHO’s advice on reopening the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic were applied to designing Malaysia’s NRP
  • The NRP is anchored on the following six key features:
    1. Balancing lives and livelihoods
    2. Provide clarity and restore trust
    3. Takes a Whole-of-Nation approach
    4. Dynamic and adjusting continuously
    5. Based on science and data
    6. Basis for monitoring and tracking progress
  • The Government will use a shared set of information to assess and determine readiness to ease restrictions known as Malaysia’s “Common Operating Picture”
  • The “Common Operating Picture” consolidates data on the progress of the five objectives of the NRP and is tracked at the state level
  • It forms the shared basis that the Government will use to make decisions about easing restrictions. It will be updated and published on a weekly basis
  • For more information on the “Common Operating Picture”, please refer to the NRP Report available within the NRP Portal
  • Expanding on one of the key features anchoring the NRP’s design, the success of the NRP takes a Whole-of-Nation approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The nation will not succeed without the cooperation and support of the Rakyat in curbing the spread of COVID-19
  • Each NRP material has been crafted with Rakyat personas in mind to cater for their specific needs and is complementary to one another. The NRP Materials are:
    1. NRP Easy Read Infographics, which provides summarised information that is straight to the point and is targeted for those who want to know what they can do now
    2. NRP Portal, which is a unique and intuitive website containing basic information for those who want to plan when they are allowed to perform various activities and understand Government’s assistance
    3. NRP Report, which provides comprehensive and detailed information for those who want a further understanding on the NRP in totality
  • All of these NRP materials are dynamic and only represent the current situation at the point of publication
  • As the situation evolves, plans and measures that were published will be updated progressively based on data and scientific evidence on the current situation and on assessment of various planning scenarios
  • The three headline indicators are three specific metrics that provide a view on our progress and are critical in making decisions on easing restrictions
  • The headline indicators are:
    1. Average number of daily new cases, which provides an intuitive indication of the rate of transmission
    2. Utilisation of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Beds, which provides a good indication of system capacity to respond
    3. Percentage of the eligible population fully vaccinated, used as the key metric to track vaccination progress
  • When these metrics reach their respective thresholds, the Government would consider easing restrictions based on a four-phase NRP roadmap
  • There are four phases in the NRP roadmap to cautiously ease restrictions in Malaysia
  • This four-phased plan lays out guidelines for each phase and the three thresholds (based on the headline indicators) that indicate when a shift in phase could be considered
  • The phases can be applied at state level as well as national levels, because virus risks, assessed using the three headline indicators, can vary significantly by locality
  • In assessing the criteria at a state level, the thresholds are translated into equivalent levels for the locality in question
  • Three thresholds (based on the headline indicators) have been defined as an early indication that a shift in restrictions could be considered
  • Before a shift to a new phase can take place, the government will review the data and evidence collected based on the “Common Operating Picture” to assess risks using the three thresholds
  • Implemented from 12 May 2021, Phase 1 is the phase with the tightest restrictions. Phase 1 restrictions are introduced when virus transmissions are high, and vaccination process had just begun
  • For example, exceeding 4,000 new cases a day at a national level, and vaccine roll-out is just starting out, which places potential strain on response capacity
  • During this phase, restrictions focus on curbing the spread of virus within a barely vaccinated population
  • Phase 2 is where some of the restrictions from Phase 1 are relaxed
  • For example, there might be between 2,000-4,000 new cases per day, moderate ICU capacity and at least 10% of the adult population vaccinated
  • Close monitoring is required at this phase to ensure there is no relapse to phase 1, which would further strain the economy and the healthcare system
  • In Phase 3, transmissions would start to come under control, and critically, vaccine roll out will start to approach sufficient levels to significantly ease restrictions
  • For example, at 500-2,000 new cases per day, the system would be equipped to cope with the transmission rate, with ICU capacity at adequate levels. Vaccine roll-out will be taking place at pace, with over 40% of adult population vaccinated
  • Close monitoring is still required at this phase to ensure there is no relapse to earlier phases
  • Phase 4 represents a critical shift towards a new normal we see contained transmissions, adequate system capacity and high vaccination rates
  • For example, this could manifest as fewer than 500 new cases per day, moderate ICU capacity and over 60% of the adult population fully vaccinated
  • As the evidence on vaccinations and immunity evolves, it could become more valuable to monitor health outcomes from COVID-19, such as number of hospitalisations, number of deaths, rather than case numbers
  • There are increasing consensus amongst the scientific community that COVID-19 will not be eradicated in the near future. This means the virus could continue circulating the world as an endemic disease, similar to influenza
  • However, with sufficient immunity within society, good health practices and early warning systems in place, this virus could be much less threatening to lives compared to today
  • Within this context, the Government will progressively update the NRP to prepare Malaysia for the next normal of living with COVID-19 as an endemic disease
  • The Government is accelerating measures to strengthen Malaysia’s healthcare system and it is anchored on three pillars:
    1. Breaking the chain of transmission through strengthened testing, contact tracing and isolation measures
    2. Reducing morbidity and mortality through increased healthcare capacity
    3. Maintaining sufficient support for non-COVID-19 needs
  • However, parallel efforts from society are required to remain vigilant in taking precautionary measures to prevent virus transmissions. Only when society and government are putting effort together that the lives and livelihoods of Malaysians can be protected
  • For more information on the specific measures taken, please refer to the NRP Report available within the NRP Portal
  • There are three pillars guiding Malaysia’s COVID-19 immunisation strategy to improve the rate of vaccination:
    1. Securing strategic vaccine sources through bilateral and multi-lateral negotiations
    2. Accelerating roll-out and uptake by ensuring operational continuity, prioritizing vulnerable groups, and transmission control
    3. Improving the vaccination experience, with an easy and efficient vaccination process and increasing registration channels
  • For more information on the specific measures taken, please refer to the NRP Report available within the NRP Portal
  • The Government has launched various financial assistance packages with a focus on safeguarding livelihoods to tackle the impact of the pandemic on the Rakyat
  • These packages include initiatives under Budget 2021 (November 2020), Kumpulan Wang COVID-19 (November 2020), PRIHATIN (March 2020), PENJANA (June 2020), KitaPrihatin (September 2020), PERMAI (January 2021), PEMERKASA (March 2021) and PEMERKASA+ (May 2021)
  • Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Rakyat’s well-being, special assistance amounting to RM15 million has also been allocated under PEMULIH to increase support for mental health issues, in partnership with NGOs
  • More information on government assistance, go to Budget 2021 Benefits Portal
  • The Government is providing various assistance programmes to businesses and employees
  • Benefitting up to 2.5 million employees, the Wage Subsidy Programme 4.0 (PSU 4.0) under PEMULIH has been continued and expanded from the previous PSU 3.0 initiative. The Government will also continue the Geran Khas Prihatin 4.0 (GKP 4.0), where micro-enterprises would be entitled to one-off payments of RM500 in September 2021 and another RM500 in November 2021
  • As employment is critical to ensure the Rakyat’s long-term sustainability, various Reskilling and Upskilling Training programmes and Job Placement initiatives have been introduced to provide more employment opportunities. Some of these programmes include the Janapreneur, eRezeki and GLOW
  • More information on government assistance, go to Budget 2021 Benefits Portal

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