Members should gather in staggered time during festive season

hisham ministry of health malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The 20 people that are permitted at any one time to gather in festivals must be from the same family and depends on the size of the place where social distancing could be maintained.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham said social distancing must be maintained even when visiting the family members and there should not have physical contact like hugging or kissing each other.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, before entering the house, the family members should wash their hands with water and sanitizer/soap and maintain social distancing of one meter from one another.

“Family members should always bear in mind to protect the elderly and senior citizens including parents and grandparents by not getting close to them.

 “The senior citizens above 60 years old have to be protected as 50% of positive COVID-19 patients within that age died and 85% are those suffering from non-communicable diseases.

“Possibly we have the virus and when visiting the elderly people they might be infected and to avoid this, the health standard operating procedure (SOP) should be followed,” Dr. Noor Hisham reiterated.

Dr. Noor Hisham said that explaining the permission of 20 attendees at any one time in festivals as mentioned recently by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when announcing the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) until June 9.

The health director general also recommended that the family members should come in staggered time to avoid congestion in the house or apartment. The people should avoid confined space, crowded place and close conversation.

On the latest situation of COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said 88 patients have been discharged bringing the accumulative total to 5113 or 76% while there are 70 new cases recording the total to 6,726 since the breaking of the pandemic.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, from the new cases, 31 are foreigners with 13 imported cases and 57 involved the locals.

“There are 1,504 patients still under treatment with 20 cases admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) while seven cases need respiratory aids. There is one death case recorded bringing the death toll to 109 or 1.62%,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

 Dr. Noor Hisham said, the deceased was a male aged 63 and suffered from diabetes and cancer of the heart. –Malaysia World News

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