‘Listings are just potential hotspots’


Areas of concern: A man looking at a list of potential Covid-19 hotspots identified by HIDE in the system. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

PETALING JAYA: All premises and locations listed under the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) early warning system are not confirmed Covid-19 clusters, says National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“However, these premises and locations have potential to turn into clusters if pre-emptive actions are not taken, ” he said.

The list of potential Covid-19 hotspots nationwide identified by the HIDE system has been published for public viewing.

To encourage self-regulation by the public and businesses, the authorities have utilised MySejahtera check-ins and other existing healthcare databases to pinpoint premises that are at risk of becoming Covid-19 hotspots over the next seven days.

The premises published in the list are not actual Covid-19 clusters but are locations that are in danger of turning into clusters if no action is taken.

Khairy, who is Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the early warning system was aimed at helping members of the public to plan their movements, in order to avoid contracting the Covid-19 virus.

He added that the predictive system could also serve as a guide to premises owners to take proactive measures to curb possible virus transmission.

“The HIDE analysis is under the management of the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, and the Health Ministry will make predictions on premises that have the potential to become Covid-19 hotspots in the next seven days.

“Listing locations and premises is important and necessary, seeing that the number of new Covid-19 cases being reported daily is at a worrying level.

“This list can enable pre-emptive measures to be taken by the authorities, premises owners, and the people in order to prevent new clusters from emerging, ” Khairy said in a statement yesterday.

Owners of premises flagged on HIDE do not need to close down, unless informed to do so by enforcement officials.

However, Khairy said they would be advised to take swift and proactive measures to prevent the likely occurrence of a cluster in these locations.

Among the early intervention measures that will be taken by the authorities and premises owners are to send casual contact notifications through MySejahtera, to control the movements of visitors, stop the entry of visitors with “high-risk” status on MySejahtera, start a work-from-home arrangement, and carry out mass testing on workers.

“The public is also advised to delay visiting locations and premises that have been listed. If you do have to visit these locations, adhere to the guidelines that have been set, ” he said.

The authorities have found that about 0.2% of premises registered on MySejahtera account for about 90% of Covid-19 transmissions in the country.

As such, the HIDE system will help the authorities deploy enforcement officials in a more efficient manner and reduce the reliance on blanket measures to manage the pandemic.

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