‘Targeted approach is working’

PETALING JAYA: The increase of Covid-19 cases in the country indicates that the targeted approach method has shown a positive impact in detecting the virus, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The public does not have to worry about the increase of new cases following an aggressive and proactive targeted approach by the government as this shows the effectiveness of this method.

“The detected cases are being isolated and treated at hospitals to ensure the virus does not spread in the community,” he said during his daily press briefing yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said based on the targeted approach method, the ministry, till May 10, had identified targeted groups to be screened.

These were the Sri Petaling tabligh participants and their close contacts, students as well as employees at the madrasah and tahfiz which were linked to the Sri Petaling cluster, and Malaysians who returned from overseas.

“It includes our healthcare workers, residents at enhanced movement control order (MCO) localities, the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market and markets linked to it, and also foreign workers at construction sites in red zones as well as old folks homes,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham assured Malaysians that the Covid-19 cases in the country were under control.

There were 67 new Covid-19 cases reported yesterday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,656. Out of the 67 cases, 49 involved foreigners while the rest were local transmissions.

“There are currently 18 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), with six on ventilator support,” he said.

He added that another 96 patients were discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 5,025.

There are 1,523 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities. No new deaths have been reported, which means the death toll remains at 108.

Separately, Dr Noor Hisham pointed out that the spread of Covid-19 among foreigners was possibly due to cramped living spaces.

He said this could be seen in places such as Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion and Menara City One.

“There are 30 people living in one apartment. The same goes to the construction areas, where at least 15 people are living in one apartment,” he said.

To date, Dr Noor Hisham said 24,125 foreigners had been tested with 1,132 positive cases.

He said currently 487 foreigners were being treated, while three foreigners were in the ICU, adding that among them, four deaths had been reported so far.

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