PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has urged Malaysians to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent Covid-19, as the country gears up for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration this Sunday (May 24).
Health Ministry director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah expressed concerns that figures may increase following the festive season, as he pointed out that data in other countries have indicated drastic spikes in Covid-19 cases during the festive season.
Dr Noor Hisham pointed out that the prevention of Covid-19 is not solely the responsibility of the government, but also the community at large.
“Everyone must adhere to SOPs. Make sure visits are lessened, maintain social distancing, wash your hands often and avoid gatherings.
“Even though we are together with our family, we must still adhere to SOPs and practice social distancing of at least one metre, ” he said during his daily briefing on Covid-19 at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya on Friday (May 22).
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said his Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration would be no different from the previous years, where he would celebrate it in the hospital.
“Every year, I celebrate Hari Raya at the hospital. After Aidilfitri solat, I will go to the hospital to be with our frontliners who are working.
“This year is no different, maybe we will have Hari Raya solat at home and after that I will head to the hospital to be with frontliners, ” he said briefly.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said that Malaysia reported 78 more Covid-19 cases as of Friday (May 22), bringing the country’s total infection to 7,137, marking the first time in 10 days the number of cases in a single day exceeded 50.
Out of the 78 new cases, 25 were imported cases, while the others were local transmissions, said Dr Noor Hisham.
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