Covid-19 cases down to single digit, but dengue on the rise

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA recorded seven new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the lowest since the initial Movement Control Order (MCO), but the Health Ministry (MoH) has warned of the rise of dengue cases.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new Covid-19 cases, two cases were imported while the other five cases were Malaysians.

The five cases of local transmissions comprised two cases from close contact of a Covid-19 patient; one case from workplace screening out of the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot cluster; one case from pre-surgery screening at Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-Kanak Sabah in Likas; and one case from a community screening in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The number of current active Covid-19 cases stood at 1,518 from the cumulative 8,329 cases as of yesterday.

Meanwhile, 20 patients were discharged from hospitals yesterday, which added to a total recovery of 6,694 cases or 80.4% of the total positive cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said six patients were being treated in the intensive care unit with one of the patients on ventilator support. As new Covid-19 cases are declining to a single digit, he said the MoH saw a rising trend in dengue fever since the past six weeks with an average increase of 8% each week.

Dr Noor Hisham said 84 deaths due to dengue were recorded for the same period under review compared to 83 cases registered last year.

He said the rising trend in dengue was in contrast with the record from January 2020 to June 6, 2020, whereby 48,584 dengue cases were reported, down 11% from 54,524 cases for the same period last year.

“In view of the Recovery MCO (RMCO), more economic sectors, social, education, religious and business activities will be opened. Chances are many of these places which have long been closed and without human activities have risked becoming mosquito breeding grounds,” he said in his daily briefing yesterday.

As such, he encouraged the public to improve the level of hygiene in their areas, particularly in water-filled containers and potential mosquito breeding places.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will continuously increase Covid-19 surveillance and screening in the RMCO period which will be from June 10 until Aug 31.

He said the government will discuss to determine an appropriate date to resume the education sector, particularly for Form 5 and Form 6 students.

He added that two weeks will be given to prepare for the return of students.

In other matters, Dr Noor Hisham said the country will open various sectors at the national level during the RMCO period and determine the effectiveness of public health control methods before considering relaxing international border controls.