Health DG: Maintain social discipline to break the chain

PUTRAJAYA: As Malaysia enters the 14th day of the movement control order (MCO), the country recorded the highest number of patients recovered and discharged at 91.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic), however, said Malaysians must continue to maintain social discipline in the next few weeks to “break the chain” of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We must all come together as one and follow the stay-at-home order. The Health Ministry will continue with its public health activities and carry out active case detection.

“We can increase testing and also identify target groups. We test them and isolate them early. Then we can break the chain of Covid-19.

“The next two weeks is all up to you and me. If we can all have social discipline, I’m sure we can ‘flatten the curve’ and that means avoiding an exponential spike in Covid-19 cases.

“If not, the prediction by JP Morgan and the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research that there will be a surge of cases in mid-April will happen, ” Dr Noor Hisham said at a press conference.

He pointed out that Malaysia had 150 to 200 new cases each day with eight positive cases in 100 tests, which he described as “stable”.

“We feared that there would be sudden spikes of 900 to 1,000 cases daily. So far, the exponential spike has not happened.

“But we are prepared for the worst and also hoping for the best, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the country would be in a better position in the first week of April to decide whether or not the MCO would be extended.

So far, 479 Covid-19 patients in Malaysia have recovered, which translates to 18.2% of the total number of confirmed cases in the country.

Yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham also announced 156 new confirmed cases, bringing the country’s tally to 2,626 cases.

He said 94 patients were currently being treated in the intensive care unit, with 62 of them requiring ventilators.

He also announced that three more patients had died, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia to 37.

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