Nowhere to HIDE: New list to show malls where families met up for Hari Raya

PETALING JAYA: Several shopping malls will be listed under the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system after it was found that they were used for "family gatherings" during the recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).

“One pressing issue that is worrying us is that when we prohibited Hari Raya gatherings at home, many headed to shopping malls to meet up.

“This may spark a crisis, ” the Health Minister said during a virtual joint press conference with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday (May 17).

He said this was the tactic used by some families to meet up during the festive holiday break between May 13 and 15.

“This may lead to an increase in cases, ” he added.

He said his ministry has identified the malls in question, which will be placed on the HIDE list in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Adham also lamented that a recent survey found there are still members of the public who did not wear their face masks in the proper manner.

Meanwhile, Khairy said an updated HIDE list would be made known by Monday or Tuesday (May 18).

On May 8, a HIDE list was published by the government to allow for pre-emptive measures to be taken by the authorities, owners of premises, and the public to prevent new clusters from emerging.

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