Covid-19: Malaysia’s recovery on track, infectivity rate decreasing, says Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: Despite daily three-digit Covid-19 infection figures in the country, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says Malaysia is on the road of recovery.

This was because the projected figures were much lower than expected, as the Health Ministry was predicting a four-digit spike of 1,357 cases on Thursday (Oct 29), based on the 1.5 infectivity rate, or known as the R nought (R0), said Dr Noor Hisham.

If the R0 level was at 1.0, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia would have gotten 950 cases on Oct 30 and 955 cases on Oct 31.

“But, there were only 659 cases on Oct 31. This means our R0 level is less than 1.0, ” said Dr Noor Hisham during a press conference at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya on Saturday.

“This meant that the conditional movement control order (MCO) that allows only the economic sector to function has a positive effect on reducing our R0 level to 1, ” he added.

For an R0 level of 1, it means that each Covid-19 patient will infect one other person.

Dr Noor Hisham also credited the lowered R0 level to the efforts of the Health Ministry, adding that they are now targeting to reduce the infectivity level to 0.3.

Dr Noor Hisham also urged Malaysians to play their role in ensuring SOPs are adhered to in order to curb Covid-19.

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