Covid-19 likely to stay, but containment needs to happen

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

COVID-19 is likely to be in the country a while, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Dr Noor Hisham said with the anticipation that the virus will not be going away soon, the Health Ministry is focusing on having it under control, especially in the targeted red zones.

“As of now, our health facilities have the capacity of dealing with the virus and the curve is being flattened.

“Our numbers are currently decreasing, which means that our capacity has been enhanced,” he said at the Covid-19 statistics update yesterday.

He added that as a vaccine is still being developed, in the meantime, new norms must be adopted in order to break the transmission of Covid-19 in the country.

“This is long term and the vaccine will take a year or so to be developed.

“We must adapt to the new norms of not shaking hands, maintaining a high level of hygiene and maintaining distance with each other, so that we can progressively reduce the infection percentage,” he said.

As of noon yesterday, 40 new cases were reported, adding the overall positive cases to 5,820 and current active cases at 1,764.

Out of the latter, 37 cases are currently being treated in the intensive care unit, whereby 17 cases require respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, one death was reported yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths to 99 cases, which makes up 1.7% of the total cases in Malaysia.

“The deceased was a 78-year-old man with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

“He was treated at the Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Johor on April 7 and was confirmed to have passed away on April 27 at 4.31am,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that 95 patients had recovered, making the total number of discharged cases to 3,957.