Health DG: Spike in Covid-19 cases expected due to active detection at hotspots


  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Apr 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The recent spike in Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases is mainly due to the Health Ministry’s active case detection at hotspots, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In his daily Covid-19 media briefing, the Health director-general announced 217 new cases - the second highest daily jump for the country.

Only the day before, Malaysia recorded 208 new Covid-19 cases.

“This spike is expected because of our active case detection at the places where we have implemented the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

“For example, in Kampung Sungai Lui, we managed to pick up 41 students from a madrasah tahfiz in that area who are Covid-19 positive through our active testing, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The 41 students have been admitted to the Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Hospital in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Dr Noor Hisham said in Hulu Langat district, which is where the EMCO is being implemented, the ministry has so far detected 300 positive Covid-19 cases.

At least 50 of those cases originated from the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling tabligh (religious event) cluster, while the rest are close contacts of those who attended the event.

In Kluang, Johor, the first district where the EMCO was imposed, there are 132 positive cases.

Another area under EMCO lockdown is Menara City One in Kuala Lumpur, with so far 18 positive cases detected in the condominium.

For locations where the EMCO is in place, residents are not allowed to leave their homes and outsiders are barred from entering the area.

Food is distributed by the government to the residents as the people cannot leave their homes to buy food or essentials throughout the EMCO period.

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