Covid-19 situation could stabilise soon

The R0 of Covid-19 infections show signs of decline as it has slightly improved to 1.06 from 1.2, says Health DG


HEALTH DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah is targeting Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation to stabilise within the next two weeks.

In a virtual press briefing, he said the R-Nought (R0) of Covid-19 infections was already showing signs of decline. Yesterday, the R0 improved slightly to 1.06 from 1.2.

Malaysia recorded 3,048 new cases yesterday, of which 3,040 were local transmissions and eight imported cases. These new cases brought the country’s overall total to 186,849 with 41,076 active cases.

Among the active cases, 261 were placed in intensive care units, with 101 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 3,638 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 145,084.

The country’s death tally increased to 689 with 11 new deaths yesterday, of which 10 were Malaysian citizens.

The fatalities involved three cases from Sabah, two each from Selangor and Sarawak, and one each in Kelantan, Pahang, Perak and Kuala Lumpur.

Selangor again reported the highest number with 1,035 cases followed by Johor (529) and Sabah (348).

Thirteen new clusters have been identified, which involve eight work-related clusters, three community clusters and two clusters involving risk groups.

The clusters are known as Sri Muda, Sungai Chemubong, Jalan Waja, Jalan Indah, Jalan Firma Tiga, Industri Apas, Jalan Kerinchi, Kampung Tualang, Kampung Muhibbah, Taman Bahagia, Kampung Bukit Lada, Bukit Palah and Kampung Pahi.

Separately, 717 individuals were detained for breaching the Movement Control Order (MCO), of which, 642 individuals were compounded, 74 were remanded, while one was given bail.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the highest offences recorded were not maintaining physical distancing (235), while 117 did not wear face masks.

“Other offences were crossing MCO state and district lines without permission (96), premises operating overtime without permission (73), and failure to present personal identification records (68),” he said in a statement yesterday.

He also announced that the Enhanced MCO will be implemented at the Taiping Prison and staff quarters starting today until Feb 8.

Meanwhile, a total of 5,297 foreign workers underwent screening tests where 55 people were confirmed positive for Covid-19.

Cumulatively, since Dec 1 last year, 210,613 foreign workers have undergone the screening test involving 8,096 employers. Of these, 4,151 were confirmed positive.

On Ops Benteng, 18 illegal immigrants were arrested and 10 vehicles seized. During the operation, 115 boats were also detected in the country’s waters.

Ismail Sabri said 874 individuals arrived at all international entrances and have been sent to quarantine centres across the country.

Out of the 18 inspections made at construction sites nationwide, 17 were operating in compliance with the standard operating procedures.

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