Covid-19: Health DG says may take four to five weeks to flatten the curve


PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry feels it may take four to five weeks to flatten the curve and reduce the rate of Covid-19 transmission in the country.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the movement control order which began on Wednesday (Jan 13) will hopefully reduce the load of Covid-19 patients at hospitals.

“With the MCO, we hope we can flatten the curve in the next four or five weeks.

“Most importantly is to reduce the load of patients. We can see the effect within two or four weeks.

“Hopefully, we can see the Covid-19 numbers go down to less than 500 (cases), ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here Wednesday.

Dr Noor Hisham, however, said the two-week MCO period may not be enough to see a significant reduction in Covid-19 cases.

“In my opinion, we probably won’t be able to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases. But we will be able to prevent the cases from increasing.

“If we implement the MCO for four weeks, we can reduce the cases to below 1,000, and then 500. Then we would have better capacity to treat patients.

“If we implement the MCO, followed by the conditional MCO, we might be able to see the curve flatten in May or June," he added.

For the MCO to be a success, Dr Noor Hisham said it was vital that everyone in the country cooperates and adheres to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government.

“More importantly, everyone has to come together with the ministry to break the chain of Covid-19 infections in the country, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The MCO has been implemented in six states in the country for the next two weeks.

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