JOHOR BARU: The Singapore government has donated 100,000 units of Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits to Johor to support the state’s effort to fight the pandemic.
They were donated through the Sultan Ibrahim Johor Foundation (YSIJ) on Thursday.
The test kits were handed over by Singapore Consul-General in Johor Baru Jeevan Singh to Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and YSIJ representatives.
“These test kits will supplement the efforts of the health authorities in Johor to conduct more targeted testing to help control the spread of Covid-19 in the state,” Jeevan said.
He said Singapore has been contributing medical supplies to Johor since the beginning of the pandemic.
“These include antigen rapid test kits, hand sanitisers, masks, face shields, ventilators and personal protective equipment.
“Singapore will continue to do what it can to assist our neighbours during this challenging period,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a post on Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s Facebook page, Jeevan said the Singapore government was always open to helping Malaysia, especially Johor, in managing the pandemic.
In June, the state health department received 20,000 Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation.
The kits can detect Covid-19 within 15 to 20 minutes, compared with the polymerase chain reaction test which needs 48 to 72 hours to get results.
According to the Johor Health Department Facebook page, 1,300 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the state on Thursday.
Johor Baru district recorded the highest number of cases at 462, followed by Muar 151, Kulai 149, Tangkak 112, Kluang 106, Batu Pahat 81, Pontian 63, Kota Tinggi 47, Segamat 27 and Mersing, nine.
The remaining 93 cases are from detention centres (77) and imported cases (16).
A total of 27 Covid-19 deaths were also reported on Thursday.