PUTRAJAYA APRIL 28: Malaysia would have reached a single digit in its new COVID-19 cases by now if it is not because of the Sri Petaling Tahfiz Assembly held in February where 14,500 local participants attended.
Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham said, 40% from the number of people infected with COVID-19 positive came from the participants of the tabligh assembly and their close contacts.
“Even though we were 10 days late in detecting the spreading of the corona virus amongst the local tabligh participants but our actions have managed to curb it from spreading further,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a press conference here today.
He added, the new cases of COVID-19 positive that were detected in the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market (Pasar Borong Selayang) were also associated with the participants of the Tabligh Assembly in Sri Petaling.
Dr. Noor Hisham said that when replying to a question on why Thailand has scored single digit in its new COVID-19 cases in the last two days with seven today as compared to Malaysia with a smaller population but with two digits of new cases after three months of the pandemic.
However Dr. Noor Hisham is positive that in one or two week’s time, the new cases will reach a single digit and if the number of infectivity is below 500 the situation will the best.
The Director General said that the country is now in the recovery phase where the selected economic sectors have resumed business following strict standard operating procedure (SOP) laid down by the Ministry of Health.
He added the success in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic depends on the government and the people. Firstly the government should enforce a strict control at the borders and secondly restrict the movement of the people.
Meanwhile for the people he said, they should adhere to the new norms of social distancing of one meter from one another and have optimum personal hygiene like washing the hands often with soap or sanitizer.
On the COVID-19 situation in the country, Dr. Noor Hisham said 75 people were discharged today bringing the total to 4,032 or 68.9% from the cumulative total of 5,851 with an additional of 31 new cases.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, from the new cases, 10 were imported and 21 were from the local people.
Nevertheless he said, 1,719 patients with COVID-19 positive are still under treatment.
“Today there is one death case bringing the death toll to 100.The dead was a Malaysian male aged 67, suffered from diabetics, hypertension, heart problem and stroke,” he said – Malaysia World News