PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is already looking four months ahead by preparing for a possible spike of Covid-19 infections due to winter weather conditions in several parts of the world.
Although the country’s infection rate is now under control, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) says Malaysia must take into consideration developments in other countries such as India, South Korea, Japan, Spain and France where there is an increase in cases during cold weather conditions.
“So our concern is that there would be an increase in cases during that period and due to this we have to make preparations,” he said after attending the National Day 2020 celebration at Dataran Pahlawan Negara here yesterday. Dr Noor Hisham said a mutation of the virus had made it more infectious and as such, he urged the people to always be on their guard and strictly comply with standard operating procedure (SOP).
As there is still no proven vaccine in sight, the ministry will continue to carry out control measures.
“Through these measures, the people must comply with the SOP while on our part, we prepare in terms of laboratory, clinics and hospitals; should there be a surge in cases we would be able to control the situation,” he said.
“Through its public healthcare system, Malaysia has been able to contain the pandemic through early detection of clusters.
“However, we will still need strong cooperation from the people when it comes to breaking the chain of Covid-19 infections,” said Dr Noor Hisham. — Bernama
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