PETALING JAYA: The sense of unity among Malaysians in the fight against Covid-19 is still lacking, and this had contributed to the high number of positive cases, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The health director-general said this was reflected in various lapses in compliance with the standard operating procedure among the public, even though the pandemic had been around for more than a year.
“I think this (unity) is lacking because there is discordance.
‘’Instead of fighting against Covid-19, we are fighting against each other in terms of opinion, approach and so on,” he said in his speech at the 1st Malaysia International Webinar on Psychological First Aid organised by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris yesterday, as reported by Bernama.
Dr Noor Hisham gave his assurance that during the crisis, every decision is made with thorough consideration.
“When you have lives and livelihoods, how do you create the right balance? It is difficult and challenging to have minimum impact on the economic front, and maximum outcomes in terms of health.
“This is why sometimes, it’s not straightforward because you need to take into consideration many other issues before a decision is made,” he said.
Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 5,911 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases reported since the pandemic began to 691,115.
Some 24 new Covid-19 clusters were identified, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 824.
Of the 24, four involved detention centres in Negri Sembilan, Labuan, Johor and Kelantan.
However, the bulk of new clusters continue to be detected in workplaces, with 12 of such clusters detected yesterday.
Seven others were community clusters, while one cluster involved a high-risk group in Kedah.Dr Noor Hisham said 72 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, from 64 Malaysians and eight foreigners.
“Selangor topped the list for the most deaths, with 23 fatalities, followed by Kuala Lumpur (15), Negri Sembilan (seven), Pahang (six), while Johor and Sarawak each recorded five each,” he said in a statement.
The 72 deaths recorded brings Malaysia’s total death toll from Covid-19 to 4,348.