PUTRAJAYA OCT.19: Even though Sabah continuously records the highest new COVID-19 cases with 643 or 74% out of 865 today but the Ministry of Health (MOH) will not conduct health screening tests on all the four million people in the state.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, MOH will only do the health screening test in the targeted locality either in the district or places where active clusters have been identified.
“Only 5% or if necessary 10% from the number of people in the targeted area with active COVID-19 clusters will be screened test,” Dr. Noor Hisham said at the press conference here today.
Responding to a question of whether Malaysia will buy the vaccine from China as being discussed with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on his visit to Malaysia recently, Dr. Noor Hisham said, MOH has the data and is still detailing on the vaccine with COVAX and until today there is no vaccine that has been proven effective for COVID-19.
“The discussions of purchasing the effective vaccine for COVID-19 could be arranged via government to government or through companies.
“The vaccine we have to buy should be safe and effective for COVID-19 treatment,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.
The 865 new COVID-19 cases recorded today has contributed to the cumulative total of 21,363 with active cases amounting 7,456 while 455 have been discharged bringing the cumulative total to 13,717 or 64.21%.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, the three death cases had brought the death toll to 190 (0.9%) while 99 patients were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 32 needed respiratory aids.
From 865 cases, seven were imported involving four non-citizens from China, one from Australia, United States of America and Qatar respectively involving citizens of Malaysia.
The active cases today include in Sabah (643), Selangor (101), Labuan (34), Penang (26), Perak (18), Melaka (16), Kula Lumpur (6), Negeri Sembilan (4), Kedah (3), Putrajaya (3), Johor (2), Pahang (1) and Terengganu (1).
Meanwhile the two new clusters formed today include “Hentian” in Hulu Langat Selangor and “Bukit” in Central Melaka, Alor Gajah and Jasin. –Malaysia World News.