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NINE new positive cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday, bringing the total in the country to 158, said Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said six more positive cases have recovered, raising to 32 the number of patients discharged from hospitals.
“At the moment, three cases are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit and require breathing aid, and they are in stable condition,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry (MoH) took note of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) statement that Covid-19 has spread to 114 countries and has reached pandemic level.
WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic based on its rapid spread in many places outside of China, where the virus first surfaced in December last year.
“WHO has also said that prevention and control measures being taken now are still relevant and proposed that they be intensified.
“With the announcement by WHO, the ministry will continue to ensure that Covid-19 control and prevention measures, which have been implemented, will be reviewed according to the current situation in the country and be stepped up,” he added.
When speaking to reporters earlier after attending a meeting of the Covid-19 Working Committee chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia has not detected any sporadic case of Covid-19.
He said earlier reports saying Case 131 was sporadic were wrong because further investigations by the ministry found that the patient was a participant of the “tabligh” assembly held at Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling from Feb 27 to March 1.
Dr Noor Hisham also said the ministry is prepared to disclose the number of Covid-19 positive cases according to states.
“Let us do the analysis first…(It) can be revealed. I don’t think states got much issue (because we reveal the name of) public hospitals (which have positive Covid-19 cases). I think let us do the analysis before we reveal,” he said, adding that the majority of cases from the second wave are in the KIang Valley.
Meanwhile, Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling will be temporarily closed for disinfection after a participant of the “tabligh” rally held at the mosque on Feb 28 tested positive for Covid-19.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba urged those who participated in the gathering to immediately get tested if they begin to experience symptoms of the virus.
He was speaking to reporters in the lobby of the MoH Training Institute in Sungai Buloh yesterday, after visiting the ward prepared for Covid-19 patients at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
“In this country, there are 12 hospitals that have a laboratory to detect infections and treat Covid-19 patients and 57 government hospitals performing screening nationwide.
“This is the latest status, we (MoH) are fully prepared for whatever eventuality following WHO’s Covid-19 pandemic declaration.”
He said the ministry’s level of preparedness is at its highest with the Sungai Buloh Hospital’s specialty for treating infectious disease, especially Covid-19. The hospital can accommodate 772 patients at a time. — Bernama