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Inter-state travel? 90% vaccinations for all states first.

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Inter-state travel? 90% vaccinations for all states first.

When inter-state travel was first announced that it may be coming as early as early October or even mid October, I wrote this article to say that it’s really better to only allow inter-state when our hospitals are back to normal or at least close to normal for ICU cases. Please do read the article here: ICU still over 70%, inter-state travel can wait

Here’s that latest number showing that ICU cases remain high, even if down from previous few weeks. In fact Selangor is still at 70%!

90% vaccination target should be for all states, not average of all states

Today, Public health expert Dr Malina Osman provided some facts and said that the 90% vaccination target should be for ALL states and not just an average for all states. This is a very important fact as well. Imagine travelling to a state with much lower vaccination than 90%, the chances of Covid-19 infection would have been very high. Then, this person would travel back to his home state where the our younger population are not yet vaccinated.

Article in nst.com.my Public health expert Dr Malina Osman is urging the government to only reopen interstate travel for states where 90 per cent of their adult population have been vaccinated. She said currently the national average is 88 percent but the truth for all states are as follows:

Sabah has only 62 per cent of the adult population fully covered, followed by Kelantan (72 per cent), Perak (75.6 per cent), Kedah (76.9 per cent), Pahang (77.8 per cent), Johor with (83.9 per cent), Terengganu (85.7 per cent), Penang (86.0 per cent) , Melaka (88.2 per cent) and Sarawak (89.6 per cent).

As people would travel to these states from the Klang Valley, it will then expose everyone to potential Covid-19 infection risks. Please read the full article with more of what she said here: Article in nst.com.my

We have come this far, why not complete that final dash first

It will be very hard to have inter-state travel only between the states with 90% vaccinations. However, we have states which are very close to 90%. Let’s minimise as much as possible the risk of cases moving upwards again. It’s just too damaging to the economy and mentally too. Sarawak is just 0.4% away, Melaka is just 1.8% away, Penang is just 4% away, Terengganu is just 4.3% away, Johor is just 6.1% away, could we at last let these states hit 90% first?

Meanwhile the remaining states must be at 80% FIRST. Kelantan is just 8% away, Perak is just 4.4% away, Kedah is just 3.1% away and Pahang just 2.2% away. We can and we should. Let’s stay focused. Covid-19 is here to stay and we must be protected enough from it. I want to travel back to my hometown but I do not wish to join the statistics even if I know that with full vaccinations, I do have protection against serious complications.

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Charles is Founder of kopiandproperty.com He writes from his investment experience for the the past 20 years in investments including property, stock, unit trust and more as well as readings and conversations with many property gurus in the industry. kopiandproperty.com is an independent property blog which is not affiliated to any media company, property developer or even real estate agencies.

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