Covid-19 local transmission within community under control

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE spread of the Covid-19 infection in the community is now under control, as most economic sectors are reopened and fully operational.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said this is evidence that the country is now in the recovery phase, as it achieves the balance between the lives and livelihoods of the people.

Dr Noor Hisham added that in order to ensure the recovery process is smooth, the government has developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various sectors and subsectors.

“Compliance with the SOP is paramount in ensuring that Covid-19 cases continue to decline in the country, as more subsectors reopen July 1.

“With this, I would like to stress that public cooperation is very much needed by the government to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission in Malaysia,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The DG urged the public to be more vigilant, comply with the SOPs and take preventive measures at all times, amid declining daily cases.

As of yesterday, the country recorded only two new Covid-19 positive cases involving one import case and one Malaysian.

Dr Noor Hisham said the local transmission involving one Malaysian yesterday was detected during a pre-referral screening at Hospital Kota Belud, Sabah.

Among the active cases yesterday, four were placed in the intensive care unit, with one of them requiring respiratory aid.

The increase in new cases has brought the country’s overall total to 8,639.

There are now only 164 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide.

As of yesterday, 20 patients have recovered, which saw the recovery rate at 96.7%, or 8,354 cases. The country’s death tally remains at 121.

Separately, the government said it will now open two Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security complexes in the north to monitor the flow of commercial traffic.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the special ministerial meeting on implementing the Movement Control Order has selected Padang Besar in Perlis and Durian Burung in Kedah as the sites of the complexes.

“The complexes will only be for commercial trade and cargo vehicles. All the other agencies involved have also been informed of the meeting’s decision for further action,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Additionally, the minister also said the meeting has agreed that Malaysians living in Singapore and intending to return will no longer need to apply for a MyPass permit at the Malaysian High Commission in the island-state.