Interactive: Malaysia’s Covid-19 fight boosted as green zones more than double.

A Health ministry staff member arriving at a Covid-19 screening centre located at Section 3, Petaling Jaya - May 10,2020 - SHAARI CHEMAT /The Star

PETALING JAYA: The number of areas with zero active Covid-19 cases has more than doubled to 120 from 46 in the last 25 days, signalling steady progress in Malaysia’s efforts to stem the coronavirus pandemic so far.

An analysis of the Health Ministry's Covid-19 figures also shows a clear and consistent downward trend in the number of active cases since April 8, three weeks after the movement control order (MCO) was implemented on March 18.

Active cases mean total confirmed cases minus deaths and recovered cases.

Each day, the ministry releases the number of confirmed and active cases in 201 areas nationwide which include districts and sub-districts.

Areas are colour-coded according to the number of cases, with red zones recording 41 or more cases.

Yellow zones have between one to 40 cases while green zones are for areas with zero cases.

While it is too early to conclude that the country has turned the tide against Covid-19 due to the possibility of another flare-up or second wave of cases, the figures do show that the MCO has so far helped to slow down the growth in the number of cases.

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Since April 18, the number of green zones - which stood at 46 - has gone up to 120 as of yesterday.

The number of red zones has meanwhile fallen in the same period by half from 16 to 8.

The eight current red zones are Petaling (Selangor); Batu, Ibu Kota, Kampung Baru and Sri Petaling (Kuala Lumpur); Rembau and Seremban (Negri Sembilan); and Kuching (Sarawak).

According to the World Health Organisation, the incubation period for Covid-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset is on average of between five to six days but can be up to 14 days.

In this regard, another positive indicator is that 122 or 60.7% of the 201 areas have not recorded any increase in the number of active cases for two weeks or longer.
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