Covid-19: Malaysia continues to show improvement in infectivity rates, says Health Minister

  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Mar 2021

PUTRAJAYA: Covid-19 case figures in Malaysia have continued to show improvements in the past few weeks, as infectivity rates (R0, pronounced R-nought) remained below 1.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic) said this was due to the people’s compliance with Covid-19 SOPs and preventive measures throughout the second movement control order.

“Based on our modelling, the infectivity rate (R0) is currently at 0.87 compared to 0.9 two weeks ago.

“Our projections show that if the downward trend goes on and people continue to follow the SOPs, the number of cases will go down to 500 cases a day in May.

“But if people do not adhere to the SOPs, the infectivity rate could go up to 1.1 and that would make daily cases increase again.

“So I am pleading with the public to continue following Covid-19 SOPs and help break this chain of infection, ” said Dr Adham at a joint press conference with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on the latest updates of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Dr Adham said in Peninsular Malaysia, the number of “green zones” had increased from just six on February 28 to 11 on March 14.

Green zones refer to districts that have recorded zero Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks.

As for red zones, Dr Adham said the number of such districts in Peninsular Malaysia had gone down from 42 on Feb 28 to a total of 35 on March 14.

Red zones are districts with more than 41 active cases.

He added that Sarawak has 11 districts that have turned to green zones, with Sabah also having two more green areas.

“If the people continue to practice strict SOPs, we will see more districts that will turn into green zones.

“Even Sabah, which was ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic in September, has seen marked progress with more areas becoming green, ” Dr Adham said Monday (March 15).

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