Covid-19: Rising numbers in Perak due to mass screening in EMCO areas, says exco man

IPOH: The growing number of Covid-19 cases in Perak is due to mass screening, says state health committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin.

He said the screenings were conducted at areas placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO).

“The state Health Department is doing its best to break the Covid-19 chain and among the steps taken was mass screening at several areas in the state.

“The screening is still ongoing and once completed, we expect (case numbers) to decrease soon,” he said after visiting a polyclinic administering Covid-19 vaccinations in Jelapang here on Thursday (July 29).

Perak recorded 596 positive cases on Thursday, bringing its cumulative total since the start of the pandemic to more than 36,000 cases.

Among the areas placed under enhanced MCO are Medan Kleabang Restu in Chemor and Bandar Pulai Jaya in Sungai Raia.

On another matter, Mohd Akmal said three more vaccination centres (PPV) will be set up in the state next month.

“In line with the government’s effort to get more people vaccinated, three more PPVs will be set up in three districts.

“The PPVs will be located at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris in Muallim, Telekom College in Larut Matang Selama, and Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia in Kinta district,” he said.

He added that for the time being, hospitals in the state are still capable of handling Covid-19 patients.

“As of July 27, we have at least 99 patients in intensive care units of hospitals in the state.

"We can still cope," he said.

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