SOP might be tightened in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur if the surge in COVID-19 continues – Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA NOV.3: The standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed on Selangor and Kuala Lumpur might be tightened if the surge in COVID-19 cases still persists.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the main cause of the surge in these areas is mainly due to the densely population and heavy movements in the community.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, if every district in Selangor and Klang Valley have turned into red from orange zones with 21 to 40 Covid-19 cases then the Ministry of Health (MOH) will change it to the stage of Enhanced MCO (EMCO).

“Changing CMCO to EMCO is the only way to reduce the mobility of the population in these areas,” said Dr. Noor Hisham at the press conference held here today.

However he said, whether a person is in the orange or red zone the best way to avoid from COVID-19 infection is to stay at home, avoid confined and crowded places and close conversation.

Regarding the COVID-19 cases that happened among the people connected with the Parliamentary session, Dr. Noor Hisham said, he will talk to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat about the proposal of conducting periodic screening for every two weeks among the Members of Parliament (MPs) and the related staffs.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, this is the pre-emptive measures taken by (MOH) to contain the COVID-19 from infecting the MPs who have to attend the Parliamentary session for six weeks.

Regarding the latest COVID-19 situation in the country, Dr. Noor Hisham said, today 1,054 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded bringing the cumulative total to 34,393 while 875 patients discharged (69.8%) forming the cumulative total to 23,995.

Meanwhile 10,135 cases are still active and the patients have been isolated and treated in the hospitals nationwide.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the death toll had reached 263 after the death of 12 people while 94 were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 32 needed respiratory aids.

From the total number of new cases, 14 have been imported namely South Korea (4), Japan (2), Uzbekistan (1), China (1), Hong Kong (1), Nepal (1), United Kingdom (1) and Republic of Maldives (1).

Two new clusters had been recorded and it involved Cergas in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and Permatang Cluster in Kulim, Kedah, Central Seberang Perai District, North and Nort-East Seberang Perai in Penang.

Sabah is still leading in its highest number of daily new COVID cases with 678, Selangor (125), Kuala Lumpur (22), Kedah (12), Negeri Sembilan (71), Penang (35), Johor (1), Sarawak (21), Perak (3), Labuan (81), Melaka (1) and Terengganu (1). –Malaysia World News

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