The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) today informed that it is expecting an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country in the next few months.
Director-General of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said it was due to countries such as South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand also showing an increase in terms of number of infections.
“We are worried for the next few months. Cases will increase. Now, even before winter, we see an increase in cases in other countries, “he was quoted as saying today.
Noor Hisham said, due to that, measures to further tighten the country’s border gates will continue to be implemented to curb the spread of the epidemic in the country.
We are also not ‘immune’, because of that we need to strengthen the boundaries, it is not impossible that the case will come here.
“But what is more important is, those who come here must comply with the SOP set and the law that has been introduced.
“However, we are ready for the worst and we also pray that everything goes well,” he said.
He believes the vaccine is not the only way to curb the spread of Covid-19, but instead insists that SOP compliance such as physical incarceration could break the epidemic chain.
“I do not agree that vaccines are the last solution, even with vaccines, we still have to comply with physical imprisonment. We better fight this epidemic from outside the body.
“That is better, can protect yourself and your family. This has proven to be able to break the Covid-19 chain, ”he said.
Covid-19 recorded 82 new cases today with 60 of them in Sabah, making the state record the highest daily case ahead of the State Election (PRN) this Saturday.
Director-General of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, of the total, 72 were local contagions and 10 were import cases. No deaths were recorded today making the cumulative death toll remain at 130 people.
“The case involved 41 Fortress clusters, 6 Island and Safe clusters each. New clusters in Semporna, Bangau-Bangau and Kedah clusters are 10 cases,” he said today.
Noor Hisham said, to date there are 168 Covid-19 cases that have been recovered, bringing the cumulative number of cases recovered by 9,563 cases.
“However, the number of active cases with Covid-19 infection is 665 cases. They have been isolated and given treatment,” he said.
He said, out of 10 import cases that got infected abroad, it involved 9 citizens and 1 non-citizen, who got infected from India and Indonesia.
According to him, to date there are 9 positive cases of Covid-19 being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 2 cases in need of respiratory assistance.
Commenting on the new cluster in Sabah, namely the Bangau-Bangau cluster, Noor Hisham said it was reported in Semporna, Sabah and identified as a result of the screening of patients admitted to Semporna Hospital.
“A total of 5 cases, namely the 10,340 to 10,344 cases were detected positively on September 21. Of that number, 4 cases are citizens and 1 case is non-citizen.
“All of them are unmarked and admitted to the hospital for treatment. As of September 22, a total of 97 individuals have been screened. As a result, 5 cases were detected positive and 92 individuals are still waiting for the results, ”he said.
He said preventive measures and infections including the disinfection process and cleaning process have been carried out at Semporna Hospital.
“The cause of the infection is still under investigation and the service at Semporna Hospital is still running as usual,” he said.
22nd September 2020 22:04