Najib moots 7-day non-extendable total lockdown if ICUs near full capacity

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Najib moots 7-day non-extendable total lockdown if ICUs near full capacity
Najib moots 7-day non-extendable total lockdown if ICUs near full capacity

PARLIAMENT | Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak (BN-Pekan) has mooted a total lockdown in any state if its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity exceeds 85 percent.

He said the lockdown or circuit breaker should be very strict, but cannot exceed seven days.

"There must be assurance that (the lockdown) won't be extended. Don't impose a lockdown for months," he said while debating the king's speech in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Najib said that a prolonged but half-baked lockdown as was implemented in May is unsustainable as it severely affects businesses, while also failing to reduce cases.

During the previous lockdown, restrictions on movement were not entirely strict, while many businesses were forced to either close shop or limit operations.

Meanwhile, Najib also suggested that all migrant workers be given a four-month period to get vaccinated.

After these four months, he said those who did not take vaccines must be deported, while their employers must be severely punished, including with mandatory jail.

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