COVID-19 cases on the rise, Malaysians advised to wear face masks – Minister Dr. Dzulkefly


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KUALA LUMPUR: Following the increase of COVID-19 to 12,000 cases within this week, all Malaysians are advised to put on their masks and individuals with symptoms should avoid crowds, congested areas and close contact.

Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad said, the ministry under the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre will continue to monitor the issue statements, suggestions and instructions depending on the current situation.

“Since COVID-19 cases have increased recently, we are suggesting that Malaysians wear face masks as there will be a lot of movements during the holidays,” he said at the media conference in Parliament Thursday.

He said, the Health Ministry is also advising the people to take the third COVID-19 vaccine booster for at risk groups, the elderly and those with co-morbidities.
Dr. Dzulkefly added, individuals with positive and have symptoms are advised to self-quarantine for five days.

Meanwhile COVID-19 cases were reported to have increased to 12,757 in the 49th Epidemiological Week from 3rd Dec to 9th Dec compared to 6,796 cases reported the week before. The admission rates including those with suspected COVID-19 had also increased while healthcare facilities rose by 1.4 per cent compared to the week before.

The rate of intensive care unit (ICU) beds being used had also rose by 1.4 per cent.


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