COVID-19 cases could be reduced after two to four weeks of MCO – Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA JAN.13: The Movement Control Order (MCO) that was imposed on six states starting 13th Jan. until 26th Jan.2021 might not reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases drastically but could avoid it from increasing.

Director General f Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham said, when the COVID-19 cases reach less than 500 than the hospitals nationwide will have the capacity to accommodate and treat the patients in the hospital premises.

“When the government imposed the Conditional MCO (CMCO) and the Recovery MCO (RMCO) the infectivity rate could be flattened and this would only be realised if the members of the public and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are united in curbing the transmission of the corona virus,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference held here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the imposition of the MCO could be within two weeks till four weeks and with the cooperation of the people to restrict their movements and adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) the COVID-19 transmission chains could be broken in the country.

Dr. Noor Hisham explained that when the third wave started COVID-19 had infected 69% foreigners and the rest were Malaysians but now the situation had changed with 30% foreigners and the rest locals.

Regarding the latest situation of the pandemic, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the daily record of COVID-19 today was 2,985 cases adding to the cumulative total to 144,518 with 32,377 active cases.

For the local transmissions, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 2,109 (70.7%) were Malaysians while 874 cases were affecting the foreigners.

The MOH also informed that 994 cases had been discharged adding to the cumulative total to 111,578 (77.2%) from the grand total of cases.
Meanwhile Selangor had a daily record of 837 cases (28.0%) being the highest among the states and from the total, 605 cases (72.3%) were from the existing clusters and close contact screenings that had been carried out on the ground.

Johor had 535 cases (17.9%) and Sabah had 450 cases (15.1%). However 296 cases (9.9%) were from the related clusters involving the lockups, immigration detention depots, prisons affecting Tembok Choh cluster with 161 cases, Tembok Mempaga (110) and Jalan Harapan Prison (20), Pagar Siput cluster (2), Tembok Gajah (1), Telok Mas (1) and Pagar Bentong (1).

On another development, 197 patients had been admitted to the Intensive Care Units with 79 cases needed respiratory aids. Four were reported dead adding to the cumulative total to 563 cases or 0.39% from the number of cases.

However 11 new clusters were formed today. Selangor had two namely Taman Integrasi in Gombak with 119 cases and Jalan Ijuk affecting Petaling, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Klang and Hulu Langat with 99 cases.

The Jalan Rami cluster had affected a work place in Muar, Johor where 112 individuals had been infected with COVID-19 following 241 had been screened tested until 13th Jan.2021.

Kota cluster occurred in Kota Tinggi, Johor where 397 people had been screened tested out of which 57 cases had positive COVID-19. The Tanjung Megah cluster in Pontian, Johor had 12 positive cases after 183 individuals were screened tested until 13th Jan.2021.

Kuala Lumpur had Jalan Kasturi cluster involving Lembah Pantai and Kepong where 61 individuals had been screened tested at a security guard company and the related residential locality and out of which 16 cases were detected with positive COVID-19 until 13th Jan.2021.

The Jalan Thamby cluster in Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur was also involving a security guard company screening tests beginning 5th Jan. and until 13th Jan. 2021, 23 cases had been infected with COVID-19 from 45 individuals who had been tested.

Meanwhile the Taman Batik cluster in Kuala Muda and Baling in Kedah had started from a super market in Taman Batik, Sungai Petani where nine were infected with COVID-19 from 11 who had been screened tested until 13th Jan.2021.

The Bukit Bakar cluster in Machang Kelantan had affected 18 individuals with positive COVID-19 after 154 people had been screened tested until 13th Jan.2021 while the Kampung Tengah cluster in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan had been formed at a wedding where 20 individuals had been infected with the corona virus after 130 had been screened tested until 13th Jan.2021.

Meanwhile the Malim Dialysis cluster in Melaka Tengah and Alor Gajah, Melaka had happened at a dialysis centre in Jalan Malim, Balai Panjang, Melaka where 75 individuals had been screened tested out of which 13 cases had been detected with positive COVID-19.

The states with new COVID-19 cases today include, Selangor (837), Sabah (450), Kuala Lumpur (289), Johor (535), Negeri Sembilan (106), Pulau Pinang (105), Perak (61), Kedah (97), Pahang (143), Sarawak (166), Melaka (72), Kelantan (85), Terengganu (27), Putrajaya (11) and Perlis (1). –Malaysia World News

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