PETALING JAYA: Covid-19 infections are well under control in Malaysia, as shown by the low number of positive cases detected during pre-surgical screenings, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said that pre-surgical sampling is one of the surplus systems implemented in Malaysia, aimed at detecting early infection in the community.
“This dynamic surplus system is a good proxy to gauge the spread of Covid-19 infection among the people.
“It is conducted on a large population, and it covers people from all walks of life without symptoms.
“Individuals who need to undergo surgery for emergency and semi-emergency cases at government hospitals need to undergo a Covid-19 test first,” he said in a statement on Saturday (July 11).
As of July 10, he said a total of 60,952 pre-surgical samples have been taken, and 21 cases were tested positive (0.03%).
“The percentage of positive cases remains low, despite the high sampling rate.
"This indicates that the spread of Covid-19 is under control.
“The ministry will continue to monitor Covid-19 cases in the community and ensure that cases are detected early and the spread of the virus infection can be curbed,” he added.
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