Malaysia has successfully reduced the R0 value from 1.5

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ FILE PIX

The implementation of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in some states has successfully reduced the R-naught (R0) value, an indication of infectability below 1.5.

The Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that based on the projection, the day would have recorded over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases if the R0 value was still at 1.5.

“Now, our new cases are at 799, which means that we have managed to reduce the number and the index of infectability via the CMCO in certain states.

“Our target is to go below the 1.0 value, and then perhaps below 0.5, so hopefully within the next two weeks that is possible,” he said in Covid-19 briefing today.

The number of new cases are 799, all of which were caused by local transmission, adding up to the tally of cases in Malaysia to 30,889.

Sabah records the highest number of new cases with 466, followed by Selangor (150) and Labuan (65) as well as Pulau Pinang (35), Negeri Sembilan (23), Kuala Lumpur (19), Sarawak (16), Perak (10), Johor (9) and Kedah (5), while eight new clusters have also been identified.

In Sabah, 126 cases were confirmed to have come from clusters, with 70 of them from three new clusters that had been identified, namely Rumah Merah, Telipok and Sembulan clusters, while Selangor reported 76 from newly identified clusters namely Merpati and Astaka.

For Labuan, 11 out of 65 of its new cases were from a new one called Titian, while Negeri Sembilan reported new Gala cluster which has infected two cases, while the last new cluster Meldrum is from Johor.

Although 491 patients have recovered from Covid-19, three deaths were recorded, two men and one woman, all of which are from Sabah and over the age of 53.

Currently, the active number of cases is at 10,392, 90 of which are undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit and 20 requiring the ventilator.

As of Oct 29, at 10pm, 44 hospitals under the ministry and two teaching hospitals nationwide have prepared services for Covid-19 patient treatment.

All 46 hospitals have placed 3,825 beds and the used capacity currently stands at 54%, with the ministry having prepared additional beds via quarantine centres and low-risk treatment centres.