PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 data are authentic as they undergo a thorough verification process daily, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said it is important for every country to ensure that its day-to-day Covid-19 data are accurate and managed with a transparent system.
“All test results conducted at government or private health facilities must be uploaded to the Public Health Laboratory Information System (Simka).
“The data from all states will be compiled daily at noon by the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).
“After that, the data are analysed and verified before they are registered.
“All the data will undergo a thorough review by officers at the CPRC.
“The data registered will be used for epidemiological analysis of the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia including case trends, infectivity rates, infection clusters, hospital capacity as well as the effectiveness of preventive and control measures.
“All this information will then be edited for our daily press statement, which must be finalised by the director-general of health, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
He added that all health workers involved in data management, be they from the district or national level, are required to maintain confidentiality of Covid-19 patient data.
“All personnel involved are subject to relevant laws and must maintain confidentiality.
“Therefore, there is no doubt in the accuracy of the ministry’s data management system and the figures shared with the public, ” he said on Tuesday (April 20).
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the recent rise in Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases is reflective of the global situation.
Citing countries like the United States, India, Indonesia and Thailand, he said Malaysia is going through a similar upward trend.
As of April 20, the number of Covid-19 cases recorded worldwide has gone up to 142.71 million, with more than 3.04 million deaths reported, he noted.
“The US is the worst-affected country with over 32 million cases and 531,542 deaths.
“India is the second highest with 15 million cases, with an increase of 96,982 new infections.
“Earlier in the year, India only recorded about 20,000 new cases a day, but the figures have shot up since April.
“Thailand recorded more than 1,500 new cases for three consecutive days.
“On April 4, Thailand’s average daily cases were fewer than 100 cases, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Malaysia recorded 2,341 new cases on Tuesday (April 20).
It is the sixth day straight that new cases remain above the 2,000 mark.