MoH projects zero new Covid-19 cases by mid-July

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE country is expecting to register zero new Covid-19 cases by the middle of July, seeing how the public is satisfactorily adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said it can be achieved if Malaysians remain in compliance with all SOPs and the Health Ministry’s (MoH) advice such as maintaining social distance, personal hygiene and wearing face masks.

“After two weeks of the Recovery Movement Control Order, we have not registered a sudden increase in cases. The number of new cases is under control, which reflects the high compliance by the people.

“The number of new cases is also decreasing by several times a week and maybe by next month, if the public continues to comply with the SOPs and MoH’s guidelines, we can achieve zero new cases,” he said in his Covid-19 press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.

As of yesterday, six new Covid-19 positive cases were recorded involving four Malaysians and two import cases. Of the locally transmitted cases among four citizens, three are linked to the new Hulu Langat condominium cluster, the Bukit Bintang cluster and the Kuching construction site cluster.

One more case was found through the screening of a tahfiz school in Selangor.

Among the active cases yesterday, two were placed in the intensive care unit, with none of them requiring respiratory aid.

The increase in new cases brings the current active cases to 244 and the country’s overall total to 8,596.

Similarly, 45 patients recovered yesterday, increasing the recovered cases percentage to 95.8%, which equals to 8,231 as of yesterday.

No new deaths have been recorded and the death tally stands at 121.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has identified three new Covid-19 clusters, namely the Bukit Bintang cluster, the construction site cluster in Kuching and the Hulu Langat condominium cluster. He said for the Bukit Bintang cluster, 10 individuals involving foreigners and locals were detected positive of Covid-19.

As for the construction site cluster in Kuching, it was first detected when a close contact infected with the virus underwent Covid-19 screening at a private clinic and was confirmed positive on June 16.

“So far, 426 contacts have been identified, with 62 individuals being found to be Covid-19 negative and 34 others are still pending. The cause of the infection is still under investigation.

“For the condominium cluster in Hulu Langat, the index case for this cluster was a tahfiz school student who was identified positive during the Covid-19 screening on June 8,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said active case tracking activity has been carried out and two more positive cases were detected in the cluster.

He said the first case was a non-citizen and he was also the adoptive uncle of the index case.

“He lives in a different home, but we found that there were visits between them,” he added.