KJ: Details of Covid-19 heightened alert system to be announced soon, but no ‘total lockdown’

REMBAU: The Health Ministry (MOH) will introduce a heightened alert system to detect early signs of an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said through the system, the MOH proposed that some sectors be tightened if there was an increase in cases, but it would not be a “total lockdown”.

"I will announce the matter, including details of the situation on how this system will be applied. Maybe in a week or two.

"If we can, we want to avoid lockdown because lockdown not only disrupts the economy, but has other effects on family well-being and mental health.

“I think the people may not be able to go through another lockdown,” he told reporters after presenting assets to the Rembau district health office on Sunday (Nov 21).

Khairy said so far, the level of MOH’s health system was still under control, but there were early signs of an increase in cases.

He reminded the public not to be too complacent when the states transitioned to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

"We are very worried because we have seen the early signs (of rise in cases). However, it has not reached the level of paralysing the health system, but the signs are very clear,” he said.

He said his concern was the increase in serious cases requiring hospitalisation, especially critical cases in categories four and five.

Citing the situation in Negri Sembilan as an example, he said the number of hospital admissions doubled in a month.

He added from Oct 25, only 35 patients needed oxygen assistance statewide, but yesterday, the figure increased to 70.

"If this trend continues, we will have to provide beds for critical treatment such as in the intensive care unit (ICU), and need oxygen supply to treat patients,” he said.

On the booster dose, Khairy once again called on the public who had received an appointment for the booster dose to get the jab, and not to choose the type of vaccine given by MOH.

Khairy said the ministry would conduct an investigation if there were any serious side effects among recipients. - Bernama
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