Daily Covid-19 cases remain below 500

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases have remained below 500 since China reopened its borders earlier this month, said Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa.

She said the country received a total of 28,705 travellers from China between Jan 8 and 17.

So far, only one was detected to have a fever during screening, Dr Zaliha added in a statement yesterday.

“The traveller’s RTK-Ag test result, however, came out negative.

“No traveller from China tested positive for Covid-19 at Malaysia’s international entry points so far,” she said in a Bernama report.

Meanwhile, Dr Zaliha said there has been an increasing trend in the uptake of the second booster dose at health facilities across the nation over the past two weeks.

On Jan 1, the total number of first booster administered increased from 16,279,746 doses (49.8%) to 16,292,524 doses (49.9%) while the second booster rose to 2.2% (or 733,668 doses) from 1.9% or 633,941 doses previously.

Dr Zaliha said the ministry would continue to monitor the development of infection in the country and abroad through information acquired from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as cooperation with other Asean countries and China.

“The ministry will always ensure that prevention and control measures are implemented continuously,” she added.

Dr Zaliha said the country has been recording three-digit daily Covid-19 cases since Dec 17, last year.

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