Covid-19: Stay vigilant during Ramadan or cases could spike, warns Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: Ramadan gatherings and events that do not follow strict Covid-19 SOP could cause a spike in transmission of the virus among the community, warns the Health Ministry.

For that reason, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has advised the public to exercise caution during the holy month, especially at crowded areas.

“As announced by the National Security Council, this year the public will be able to visit Ramadan bazaars.

“However, some states have decided not to allow Ramadan bazaars as a precautionary measure, as the number of daily Covid-19 cases is still unstable in some states.

“The ministry would like to urge the community not to be complacent.

“Take heed of lessons learnt from the spread of Covid-19 originating from social activities such as visiting the homes of friends and relatives, interstate travel and mass gatherings.

“Stay vigilant and avoid crowded areas. Be wary of attending large scale buka puasa events and crowded Ramadan bazaars.

“The ministry is concerned that if activities remained uncontrolled, it would result in increased transmission of Covid-19 in the community, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.

The holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Tuesday (April 13).

Sabah and Kelantan are among the states that have decided not to allow Ramadan bazaars due to a concern of rising Covid-19 infections.

Dr Noor Hisham also reminded those observing the fasting month to practise cleanliness when dealing with food.

He added that the public should consume healthy and balanced food - such as reducing oil, sugar and salt in their diet.

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