KOTA TINGGI: The Covid-19 contagion is defined to have entered the next wave when the rate of infection had “flattened” in the current third wave, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
It would be considered the fourth wave if cases involving domestic or local transmission had levelled up or recorded zero for several days during the current wave before it increases abruptly the next day, he said.
At present, he said Malaysia had not entered the fourth wave.
“In the last three weeks, the number of cases we have recorded has yet to show a decline during the third wave of Covid-19.
“The fourth wave can only occur if the third wave has reached the ‘baseline’ or zero and then the transmission starts again, ” he said.
Dr Adham said the probability of Malaysia experiencing a fourth wave of Covid-19 could arise if there is a decline in compliance with the standard operating procedure among the public, resulting in the emergence of new clusters.
He said that among the factors contributing to the increase in cases this time were activities in early April, including weddings and gatherings, as well as sending children to schools and universities in different states.
New daily cases rose to 2,551 on Friday. It remained above 2,000 yesterday with 2,331 infections.
On July 1 last year, Malaysia recorded the lowest daily number of cases, with only one new infection reported during the second wave of the pandemic and no cases of infection within the country, either among Malaysians or foreigners.
Malaysia, which was hit by the third wave starting on Sept 20 last year, started to record four-digit daily cases on Oct 24, at 1,228. — Bernama