HIDE: List of places to avoid will be announced May 7 – Minister Khairy


PUTRAJAYA MAY 4: The Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) has identified 1,160 premises including shopping malls, super markets, food and beverage outlets and office premises in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as potential places for the spreading of COVID-19 infections.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin said, the list of the premises that could be avoided by the people to visit will be announced on 7th May 2021 (Friday).

Khairy said, only 0.2% out of 90 percent from the localities that have been identified to have potentialities to spread COVID-19 has registered with MySejahtera.

“Residential areas, offices and meeting places should compulsorily have QR Quote MySejahtera to avoid COVID-19 infections since it could be transmitted via social gatherings and activities.

“The HIDE could make pre-emptive and predictive analysis on the spreading of COVID-19 in the related area using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“HIDE will identify the potential hotspot areas and will do early intervention before a cluster could be formed. In the case of shopping malls, the management could impose stricter controls at the entry gates, avoid high risk group to enter and conduct screening tests on workers and tracing close contacts if there is a detection of positive COVID-19 in the premises,” Khairy said at a press conference held here today.    

Khairy added, if the management of the premises have followed all the standard operating procedure (SOP) and the directives set by the authorities then they will be taken out from the list.

“We want to empower the people to make decision between life and health and business operations and here the government wants to be transparent on its interventions and quick actions on the hotspot areas,” Khairy said.

According to Khairy, the government do not want to take preventive measure only after a cluster has been formed.-Malaysia World News


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