Covid-19: Malaysia's test positivity rate above WHO threshold, says Dr Adham

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's average Covid-19 test positivity rate of 6.89% in the past week is higher than the threshold set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), says Health Minister Dr Adham Baba.

The positivity rate indicates the portion of positive Covid-19 cases detected out of the total tests conducted.

Higher positivity rates mean that more testing should be done, as it suggests that there are more people with the disease in the community who have not been detected yet.

The threshold set by WHO for adequate testing is a 5% positivity rate.

Dr Adham said that some states in the country even exceeded 10%, with Kelantan having the highest test positivity rate (11.84%), followed by Negri Sembilan (10.03%).

Other states and territories with high test positivity rates are Labuan (8.78%), Putrajaya (8.61%), Selangor (7.99%), Melaka (7.95%), Kedah (7.70%), Terengganu (5.8%), Sarawak (5.79%), Johor (5.79%), Kuala Lumpur (5.72%), Penang (5.66%) and Pahang (5.44%).

The states that fell below the WHO threshold are Perak (4.78%), Sabah (3.83%) and Perlis (3.79%).

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