Students must undergo screenings before going back to their hometowns

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 27: University students who are going back to their families starting this evening are advised to avoid crowded place, confined space and close conversation (3C) in order to avoid COVID-19 infection.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the student should not walk in couple, wash the hands with sanitizer before and after buying things, wear mask and comply with the Movement Control Movement (MCO) all the time.

“If they have the symptoms of COVID-19 they should not be allowed to go up the buses.

“At the public place, students should always adhere the social distancing of 1 meter from each other,” he said in a press conference here today.

Among 80,000 students who have stayed in the university campuses since the enforcement of the MCO on March 18, 1,128 students have started to go back to their families in stages this evening after the Ministry of Higher Education presented the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to the government recently.

On the COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 95 people have been discharged and this brings to 3,957 or 67.9% while 1,764 people are still under treatment and 40 new cases are recorded today bringing 5,820 to the cumulative total.

He said, from the new cases, 37 were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) while 17 required respiratory aids. However one patient died bringing the death toll to 99 or 1.7%.

The deceased was a male aged 78, had diabetics, stroke and hypertension.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, since the enforcement of MCO in three phases, Malaysia has managed to maintain new cases to two digits and this shows the effectiveness of the Order.

“We need to contain and control those affected areas and make action plans to flatten the curve of COVID-19. This is important as currently the usage of hospital capacity is less than 30% while ICU usage has also been reduced.

“The strict border control is also very important to curb the pandemic from spreading. There is no vaccine discovered yet to cure COVID-19, so just adhere to the new norms.

“Despite the enforcement of Enhanced MCO in certain areas, the new cases remain two digits for the past one week. This shows the transmission chain of COVID-19 in the community had slowed down.

“The infection rate in Malaysia is only 4% compared to World Health Organization benchmark of 10%.

On a question of a trader that was infected with COVID-19, Noor Hisham said, the trader had the infection from Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market in Selayang and now under treatment.

To a question of how the Ministry of Health uses RM500 million that has been allocated by the government, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the allocation has been used in enhancing the health capacity in the country. –Malaysia World News

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