‘Mass testing to be done to contain pandemic’

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry will carry out mass testing to effectively screen, isolate and treat Covid-19 patients to further prevent the spread of the virus, says the Prime Minister.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said mass testing was essential in high-risk areas and no effort would be spared until the chain of infection of Covid-19 was broken.

“This means the movement of the people must continue to be controlled. We want to prevent more people from being infected.

“This can succeed if the people are not exposed to the virus through their daily interactions, ” he said.

The Prime Minister said he was informed by the National Security Council and Health Ministry that new Covid-19 cases were still being reported and the upward trend was expected to continue for a while before the numbers declined.

He said the movement control order (MCO) had somewhat managed to control the spread of the virus, but the government’s aim was to see zero new cases.

He said in anticipation of more new cases, the Health Ministry had prepared 3,585 beds at 34 hospitals nationwide to receive Covid-19 patients.

To date, 34% of the bed capacity was used and if the number of patients were to rise above that capacity, several locations had been identified as temporary quarantine and isolation centres, he added.

He pointed out that within the past week, 673 new Covid-19 cases were recorded.

As of noon yesterday, 172 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 1,796.

“This is a pandemic that we have never faced before. We never expected our lives to change drastically due to a virus spreading not only here, but also around the world, ” he said.

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