by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by BERNAMA
THE capacity of the Covid-19 test conducted in the country is sufficient, as the rate of positive cases detected due to the virus is still below the 10% level.
Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said if positive cases record 10% to 15% of the total screening carried out, then the capacity of testing should be increased.
He added that from Oxford University data, Malaysia has conducted 31.2 tests for a 1,000 population and a positive rate of only 0.9% was detected.
“Some people are of the perception that the country is not conducting enough tests. Our cumulative positive is only 0.9% which means that enough tests have been conducted so far.
“We even conduct tests on patients before surgery. So, from this, we were able to formulate that the capacity of testing is adequate,” he said in the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference yesterday.
The World Health Organisation has said that if positive cases increase to 15%, this means more cases in the community have not been tested.
Speaking on vaccines, Dr Noor Hisham said the discussions are still ongoing and that the clinical trial is in the third stage, but Malaysia has not been selected for the clinical trial.
He said so far, more questions than answers to the effectiveness of vaccines have been developed from the data obtained from the results of the third clinical trial.
“We still encourage the vaccine study to continue until we get data that proves the effectiveness of the vaccine. We have discussed with three companies (drug providers) and several countries on vaccine development,” he said.
As of yesterday, the country recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases involving six local transmissions and five import cases.
The new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 9,094. There are now 166 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.
Among the active cases, one has been placed in the intensive care unit.
Three new cases were recorded from the Kurau cluster yesterday, found in Perak and Penang.