PUTRAJAYA APRIL 25: The Ministry of Health expresses its concerns and worries on the people staying in the green zones who have taken lightly the Movement Control Order (MCO) with the assumption that COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the people should continue to adhere the standard operating procedure (SOP) by washing the hands frequently with water and soap, social distancing of 1 meter between each other and avoid social gathering and crowded places.
“We have not won the war against COVID-19 and the effort to curb and stop the corona virus should continue even though the number of new cases has dropped in these few weeks,” he said in his daily report on COVID-19 situation in the country here today. .
According to Dr. Noor Hisham, 99 patients have been discharged today bringing to the cumulative of 3,762 or 65.5%. However 51 new cases were recorded reaching the mark of 5,742 Covid-19 cases.
“From the new cases, 36 were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 16 need respiratory aids. Two deaths were recorded today bringing the death toll to 98 or 1.7%.
“The two deaths include a man, 62, had heart problem and the other a female aged 62 had hypertension and had close contact with her child who suffered from COVID-19,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.
Dr. Noor Hisham also reported that the antigen test kits from Korea that is scheduled to reach this week has not arrived.
He said, discussion is still going on and most probably next week the fast testing equipment should arrive and this enables the Ministry of Health to test 20,000 samples per day. Currently, 43 local laboratories’ have reached the capacity to test 16,385 samples.
On the spreading of COVID-19 among foreigners, Dr. Noor Hisham said 14,187 foreigners have been tested and from it 676 individuals have been detected with COVID-19 positive.
“At the moment we have taken 132,361 samples and from that 5,742 or 4.43% had been detected with COVID-19 and this is better that the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark of 10%.
Narrowing the data of foreigners and the locals who have been infected with COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said, in Menara City One out of 51 cases, 37 were foreigners and in Selangor Mansion out of 160 cases 150 were migrant workers.
He added, in Malayan Mansion out of seven COVID-19 positive, six are foreigners and in Masjid India all three are migrant workers. At the Wholesale Market in Selayang, out of 46 cases, 35 were foreigners. –Malaysia World News