Selangor MB: Allowing only “really essential” economic services to operate


KLANG: Only “really essential” economic services should remain open in Selangor due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the state, according to Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

Mentri Besar said other economic activities in Selangor in areas subject to an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) must remain closed until the order is lifted.

“The state government sees that EMCO’s goal – which is to break the chain of infection and reduce the burden on the health care system has yet to be met,” Amiruddin said.

“In view of this, the state government suggested to the National Security Council (NSC) that only really necessary economic sectors be opened,” he added.

He added that the state government has also suggested that the vaccination of the workforce be accelerated and that the number of vaccinations administered be used as a factor in determining whether the economic sector should be reopened.

Amirudin also said the high number of Covid-19 cases in Selangor was due to screenings carried out in EMCO areas as well as tracing close contacts.

This comes after nearly all of Selangor was placed under EMCO from July 3 to July 16.

Initially, only industries related to food, banking, utilities, health care, transportation and e-commerce as well as factories manufacturing food products, health items and bottled water, among others, were allowed to operate during EMCO.

A few days after EMCO started up, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry gave the green light to other sectors such as electronics, electricity, aerospace, machinery and various companies. food industry to also operate under certain conditions, such as regularly screening their workers for Covid-19.

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