Self discipline, complying with SOPs will help record single digit in new infections in Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health urges the people to have high self-discipline and comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) enforcement if they want to see the COVID-19 new case is marked at one digit.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, it is not impossible to see COVID-19 new case records one digit in the coming weeks if all Malaysians adopt the new norms and comply with the SOP set by the authorities strictly.

“The Taiwanese, Koreans and Vietnamese managed to reduce COVID-19 in their countries through high self discipline and complying with the SOP strictly.

“These countries did not enforce Movement Control Order (MCO) but manage to bring down the number of COVID-19 new cases. These people had experienced war in their countries and had to comply with SOPs strictly to survive,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference here today (May 6).

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the enforcement of three phases of MCO was to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and the expenditures had reached RM2.5 million per day.

“After 13 days of the MCO enforcement, COVID-19 new cases have reached two digits and now under CMCO the people are encouraged to stay at home even though some have to go out to work,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

The Director General stressed that staying at home, social distancing of one meter from one another and frequently washing the hands with water and soap/sanitizer and avoiding crowds and gatherings will be the best way to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 in the country.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, today Malaysia has recorded 135 patients being discharged bringing the cumulative total to 4,702 or 73.15% while 1,619 have been isolated and undergoing treatment in the hospitals.

“There are 45 new cases, bringing the cumulative total to 6,428. From the new cases, 44 are locals while one case is imported and detected at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market.

“There are 22 cases admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) while nine need respiratory aids and one dead bringing the death toll to 107 or 1.66%,” he said.

The dead involved a Malaysian male aged 51, had suffered from diabetes, hypertension and kidney problems.

In another development, Dr. Noor Hisham mentioned that the ministry has screened 22,339 cases and out of that 986 or 4.4% have COVID-19 positive, 457 or 46.3% are foreigners, four or 0.9% foreigners have been admitted to the ICU, 525 or 53.3% have been discharged and four or 0.4% have died . -Malaysia World News


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