Covid-19: No plans for a lockdown in Selangor, says Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: There are no plans to enforce lockdown measures in Selangor despite the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although the infectivity rate in Selangor has risen to 1.9 Rt, he believed the state would be able curb the spread of the virus.

"Although the Rt value in Selangor has gone up to 1.9, we have already implemented the necessary public health intervention work.

"Hopefully, we will be able to curb the spread of infections among the positive Covid-19 cases and clusters.

"If we can do what we did in Kedah, where we reduced the Rt value to less than 0, then we can control this.

"Measures have been taken.

"There have not been any discussions on whether a lockdown will be implemented," said Dr Noor Hisham at a press conference on Friday (Oct 2).

He said in implementing a lockdown or state of emergency, the country must make the right balance between health and economy.

On Wednesday (Sept 30), Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor's 1.95 Rt was much higher than Sabah.

This was due to a surge in daily new infections from two to three cases, to 10 to 15 cases.

On Friday, Selangor recorded 31 new Covid-19 cases and two new clusters.

There were 13 cases that involved individuals who had recently travelled to Sabah, the epicentre of the current Covid-19 wave.

The two new clusters are also related to Sabah.

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