SEREMBAN, July 18 – Member Parliament for Seremban, Anthony Loke (DAP) today urged Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin to expand the implementation of the Operation Surge Capacity to Negeri Sembilan as well.
Expressing concern over the fact that the state been reporting more than 1,000 new cases of the Covid-19 infection daily for the past five days, he said a more aggressive approach must be taken by the Federal and State governments to control the situation before it gets out of hand.
For the five days from July 13 to July 17, the state reported a total of 7,066 new Covid-19 positive cases.
Earlier this week, Khairy, who is also the Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Progamme, announced the implementation of the Operation Surge Capacity to ensure that all adult citizens who have registered with My Sejahtera in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are provided their first dose of vaccine before August 1st this year.
“I would like to appeal to Khairy to expand the Operation Surge Capacity to Negeri Sembilan as well considering that Negeri Sembilan is among the three states along with Selangor and Kuala Lumpur reporting the highest number of cases.
The tight cooperation seen between Selangor and the Federal Government to ramp up vaccination rate in Selangor should also be seen in Negeri Sembilan, he said, adding that he was confident that the state will provide its full cooperation in the matter.
He also called on Khairy to enable senior citizens aged 60 and above in the state to walk in for their vaccination.
An integrated and parallel approach for vaccination in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan will help control the situation within few weeks and this will directly help the rest of the country looking at how the three states are currently contributing close to 60 percent of all Covid-19 cases in the country, he added.