PUTRAJAYA: All Cabinet members have been ordered to take a Covid-19 swab test as a precautionary measure after two ministers were infected with the virus recently.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said a risk assessment would be conducted to see if the ministers need to be isolated.
“In the case of the Cabinet members, we have ordered the ministers to take swab tests. The Putrajaya district health office will decide on risk assessment.
“They will come out with the guidelines on whether further action needs to be taken by the Cabinet members, ” Dr Adham told reporters at an event here.
He also said the government was expected to take three months to complete testing of over 800,000 foreign workers in the country under its mass screening exercise at workplaces.
He said the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 cases was attributed to the government’s intensive screening activities.
“There is a rise in infections within the community, but there is also an increase in cases due to the screenings on foreign workers in the manufacturing, construction and security sectors.
He said with the infectivity rate – known as R0 (pronounced r-naught) – currently at 1.2, the country’s daily cases could reach 5,000 by mid-February if prevention measures were not put in place.
“The government’s announcement on the movement control order will include necessary measures to ensure a rise in cases can be prevented, ” said Dr Adham.
Earlier, he witnessed an agreement signing ceremony between the Health Ministry and the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC Malaysia) for the setting up of the newest ‘Ronald McDonald House’ at Hospital Tunku Azizah in Kuala Lumpur, which is formerly known as the Kuala Lumpur Women and Children Hospital.
RMHC Malaysia will donate funds needed to furnish the Ronald McDonald House, which is an accommodation facility for families of paediatric patients who are receiving treatment in the hospital.
“The facility enables families without the financial means, especially those from the B40 group, to stay together with their children during extended periods of paediatric medical treatment, ” said Dr Adham.
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