Malaysia uses fast method to detect COVID-19 positive

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 22: The Ministry of Health will use the mobile bio-safety cabinet and the rapid test kit approach in its effort to curb COVID-19 from spreading.

Director General of Health, Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said, this approach is efficient and fast as the result of swabs to detect COVID-19 could be obtained within 30 to 45 minutes.

 Dr. Noor Hisham said, the mobile bio-safety cabinet and rapid test kid could be used in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Clinic where passengers on transit could use this facility as testing could be done at point of care and the result could be known in a short time.

“We are hoping that this new approach could be used by this weekend or early next week as there is a high demand for rapid test kit today. We will have to plan for a government to government arrangement to get the supply on time based on the current requirements,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a press conference here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham said that after he elaborated on the capacity of 43 laboratories in Malaysian that could test 11,548 samples and yesterday 9,899 tests were done or 86% from its full capacity.

Earlier he was explaining about the types of virus that attacked 22 COVID-19 positive patients on January 25 or in the first wave. Among them, 16 were from China, 6 non-Chinese and one from United States of America.

“It was referred that the virus type A from USA originated from the bats while virus B from China and virus C from Singapore, Malaysia and Europe.

“When we “culture” the virus in the second wave where all infected were Malaysians we found that the virus was the same as from China (Wuhan). In the second wave the virus were “imported” from Italy, Japan and also United Kingdom.

“After a research and mutation have been done then only the type of virus could be detected. This will be a benchmark for Malaysia and could be compared with other countries. Probably Malaysia has virus A, B or C and unless a new research is done then we can answer the question.” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

On the latest situation of COVID-19 in Malaysia, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 103 patients have been discharged bringing to the cumulative total of 3,452 while 50 new cases were recorded reaching the total of 5,532.

He added, 1,987 cases are still positive and one female aged 72 from Sarawak died today bringing the death toll to 93 or 1.68% from the cumulative total of positive cases Apart from COVID-19, the female had suffered from cancer and hypertension.

Relating to the eight doctors and experts from China who came for mutual exchange of knowledge on COVID-19 with Malaysian medical team, Dr. Noor Hisham said, they have been screened in China and the swab tests here have also shown negative results.

However Dr.Noor Hisham said, their movements have been monitored by the Malaysian health officers. –Malaysia World News

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