HIDE reveals malls, grocers among Covid-19 potential hotspots

by TMR 

MALLS and grocers are among the potential hotspots for Covid-19 transmission based on the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE).

Minister of Science, Technology and Information (Mosti) Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said in a statement today the sharing these locations is aimed to help the community make proper travel plans in order to avoid the risk of Covid-19 infection.

“It can also be used as a guide to owners or operators of premises to take proactive measures to prevent and protect their respective premises from becoming a center of transmission of Covid-19.”

According to Khairy, HIDE analysis will make forecasts on premises that have the potential to be the virus hotspots transmission within seven days based on monitoring.

“The listing of these locations and premises is very important and should be done as the number of new positive cases reported daily is at a very alarming level,” he explained.

In the past seven days, a total of 23,712 new Covid-19 positive cases have been recorded while the admission rate of covid patients to the intensive care unit (ICU) has increased by 21 percent compared to the previous week.

The listing of these locations and premises allows for pre-emptive intervention and appropriate action to be taken by the authorities, owners of the premises and the public to prevent the occurrence of new clusters.

Among the initial interventions performed were sending casual contact notifications through the MySejahtera application; tighter control of visitor movement; prevent the entry of visitors/visitors with high risk status as displayed in the MySejahtera application; creating a workplace bubble system and work -from -home arrangement; as well as conducting mass screening tests on workers.

“The public is advised to postpone visits to the listed locations or premises. If you still need to visit the location or premises, follow the guidelines that have been set and always adopt a new normal practice,” he added.

Khairy had previously said the HIDE system, which is considered as an enhancement to the existing contact tracing app MySejahtera, will notify casual contacts and they should be tested only if they have the symptoms.