MoH worries over rise of interstate travel attempts for Aidilfitri

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) is concerned pertaining to the increased movement and interstate travel among individuals during the festive season as Hari Raya Aidilfitri is approaching.

MoH DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said according to an examination done by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) on May 15, as many as 508 vehicles have attempted to travel to another state using the reason to return to their hometown.

“This total has increased on May 16, up to 1,248 vehicles with individuals who attempted to return to their hometown, and have been ordered to return home by the PDRM,” he said at the Covid-19 updates yesterday.

He added that as of May 17, as many as 971 Covid-19 positive cases (or 14.1%) from the total has had a history with travelling interstate.

“In addition, around 18 clusters from the total of 49 in Malaysia were involved in the activity of travelling interstate.

“Out of the total, 10 of the clusters mentioned are still active,” he said. The Covid-19 positive cases that are related to travelling are concerning, as it will occur continuously even after the implementation of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“The public must be careful during the festive season to come as it can be a cause for the virus to spread in areas that have reached the green, or all-clear status,” he said.

As of yesterday, new positive cases were recorded at 22, involving five import cases, and 17 of them are local transmissions. Out of the demographics, nine are non-locals.

Among the active cases, 13 are placed in the intensive care unit, while seven of them require respiratory aid.

The increase in new cases had totalled up the currently active ones to 1,210 and the country’s overall total to 6,894.

Similarly, 59 patients have recovered, increased the recovered cases percentage to 80.8%, which equals to 5,571 as of yesterday.

No new deaths have been recorded as the country’s casualty tally stands at 113.

Separately, Bernama reported that the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said there have been 26,992 inter-district travel applications in Sarawak so far under the CMCO.

SDMC, in a statement, said the travel permit applications were received at 28 police headquarters across the state.

“Of the total, 25,237 applications were approved while the remaining 1,755 were rejected,” the statement read.

SDMC said a total of 27,740 notifications on the opening of the economic sectors were received. Of the total, 20,240 were direct online notifications while 7,500 were via email, it said.

There were also no positive Covid-19 cases reported overnight and the state tally remains at 544 cases, while four patients have recovered and discharged from the hospital, the statement read.