Health Ministry admits delay in reporting Covid-19 cases led to drastic increase

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has confirmed that a delay in reporting Covid-19 cases to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre led to the recent drastic increase in cases.

"For three days straight, the country was shocked by news of daily cases reaching above 5,000. The ministry confirms that the situation was caused by a delay in cases being reported, including positive cases that were found in 2020.

"The drastic increase in cases is due to massive targeted screenings at workplaces and high-risk groups in several states.

"However, these delayed cases have been given the appropriate action by the district health office, such as patient isolation, close contact tracing and treatment for positive cases," said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement Sunday (Jan 31).

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He also said that there had been delayed reporting by private facilities via the Public Health Information System (Simka).

"The ministry will work with all parties so that the issue of delayed reporting of positive cases can be handled swiftly to break the chain of Covid-19 infection," he said.

The country recorded 4,522 recoveries on Sunday, a new record high. This brings the total number of recovered cases to 166,049.

An additional 5,298 new infections were also recorded. Of these, three were imported cases.

Fourteen additional deaths were also recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities to 760.

Once again, Selangor recorded the most cases with 2,460 cases.

Johor recorded 1,020 while Kuala Lumpur recorded an additional 783 cases.

On the 10 newly-reported clusters on Sunday, seven were linked to workplaces.

In Johor, the Jalan Rami Tiga, Jalan Mega and Sri Plentong clusters were all workplace clusters.

Selangor recorded two workplace clusters, the Jalan Kewajipan and Persiaran Sabak clusters.

Kuala Lumpur recorded one cluster from the Raja Chulan construction cluster.

The ministry also identified the Jalan Masjid Tanah workplace cluster in Melaka.

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Meanwhile, the Jalan Ithnin cluster in Johor and the Bercham Raya cluster in Perak were identified from high-risk groups.

Perak also saw a community cluster, dubbed the Jalan Tronoh cluster.

Around 94 cases reported today were linked to prisons, lockups and detention facilities.

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