PUTRAJAYA: The recent spike in Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases is mainly due to the Health Ministry’s active case detection activities 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 (MCO).
“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.”
The 41 students have been admitted to the Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Hospital in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Dr Noor Hisham said in the Hulu Langat district, where the enhanced MCO is being implemented, the ministry had so far detected 300 positive Covid-19 cases.
At least 50 of those cases originated from the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling tabligh cluster, while the rest are close contacts of those who attended the event.
In Kluang, Johor, the first district where the enhanced MCO was imposed, there are 132 positive cases.
Another area under enhanced MCO is Menara City One condominium in Kuala Lumpur, where 18 positive cases were detected so far.
Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry would actively test every single person within the affected areas.
Currently, Malaysia has a total of 3,333 confirmed cases, with 827 of them having recovered from the disease.
“The recovery rate for Malaysia is at 24.8%, ” he said.
With an addition of three more Covid-19 fatalities yesterday, the death toll for Malaysia is at 53, while 108 patients are currently in intensive care units, with 54 requiring ventilators.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham hinted that the government may not allow mass gatherings for the rest of the year.
“Although the national MCO is scheduled to end in two weeks, our practices have changed.
“The government will probably discourage mass gatherings for the next six months or one year, ” he said.
On Ramadan bazaars, Dr Noor Hisham said “e-bazaars”, where food is delivered to homes, could be an alternative.