Covid-19: Over 97,000 tested under Selangor’s month-long free screening programme from May 8

KLANG: A total of 97,565 people have undergone swab tests throughout Selangor in the state’s free Covid-19 community screening programme from May 8 to June 10.

The exercise was carried out by the Selangor government’s healthcare programme Skim Peduli Sihat’s administrator Selcare.

The screening had been conducted at the state’s 56 state assembly constituencies.

Selcare manager Mohd Noor Md Nasir said the screening exercise was a tremendous success and the response from the people was overwhelming.

“We had expected only about 500 people to turn up for the screening at each constituency, but the turnout was several times more than we had anticipated, ’’ said Mohd Noor.

Out of the number of people screened, 3.43% numbering 3,342 had tested positive.

According to Mohd Noor, Selangor plans to kick-start its third round of screening on June 19.

“We will be conducting the screening in eight state assembly constituencies which recorded more than five percent positive cases, ’’ he added.

He said the plan was to identify more positive cases from these areas and to isolate them.

The eight state constituencies are Kajang, Semenyih, Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu Kelang, Gombak Setia, Sungai Tua, Taman Templer and Taman Medan.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced recently that some RM10.7mil has been allocated for the exercise under the recently announced state financial aid package Pakej Kita Selangor 2.0.

Selangor’s mass screening was in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommended Find, Test, Trace, Isolate and Support (FTTIS) system.

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