More stringent MCO and SOP on Selangor if COVID-19 infections cannot be controlled – Minister Dr. Adham


PUTRAJAYA MAY 17: The Ministry of Health (MOH) expressed its concern and worries about the people meeting their family members and friends at the shopping malls during Aidilfitri from 13th until 15th May following house visiting is not allowed throughout the celebration.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Adham Baba said, the Hotspot Identification by Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) will be able to give the report on the meeting places of the people in the malls.

Dr. Adham said as for now a spike in COVID-19 has been recorded for the past two weeks involving religious centres such as the mosques and “surau” and the infection was due to the people not adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) like not wearing mask properly and no social distancing.

Relating to Selangor being the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, Dr. Idham said, if the transmission of the infection could not be controlled in the state, then a more stringent SOP and the enforcement of a full Movement Control Order (MCO) could be considered.

He said earlier six districts in Selangor had been imposed with MCO and later followed by the whole country. 

 He added, sporadic cases had increased compared to clusters with 89 percent COVID-19 cases reported from 9th April until 8th May was sporadic cases.

The MOH Minister also mentioned about the capacity of the Quarantine and Treatment for Low Risk COVID-19 Centre (PKRC) at the Malaysian Agriculture Exposition, Serdang that could be increased until 10,000 patients.

“This centre now accommodates 4,000 patients in category one and two while 1,000 beds could accommodate category 3 cases to reduce the pressure faced by the public and private hospitals as earlier the category 3 patients were placed at the government or private hospitals,” Dr. Adham said at the virtual press conference held here today with Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin.

Dr. Adham also highlighted that the government is also increasing the bed capacity in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and hospitals in Klang Valley especially in the Teaching Hospital, Universiti Teknologi MARA and Teaching Hospital Universiti Putra Malaysia besides building modular ICU for several places.-Malaysia World News  


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