Health ministry prepares for possible Covid-19 surge

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says a possible spike in Covid-19 cases in other countries must be considered.

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry is already looking four months ahead by preparing for a possible spike in Covid-19 infections due to the winter season in several parts of the world.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although the country’s infection rate was now under control, developments in other countries – such as in India, Korea, Japan, Spain and France where there was an increase in cases during the cold weather – must be considered.

“So, our concern is that there would be an increase in cases during that period and due to this we have to make preparations,” he told Bernama after attending the National Day 2020 celebration at Dataran Pahlawan Negara here today.

At the same time, Noor Hisham said a mutation of the Covid-19 virus had made it more infectious and as such people should be on their guard and must strictly comply with SOPs.

He said as there was still no proven vaccine in sight, the ministry would continue to carry out control measures.

“Under these measures, the people must comply with SOPs while on our part we prepare in terms of laboratory, clinics and hospitals so that if there is a surge in cases, we will be able to control the situation,” he said.

Malaysia had been able to contain the pandemic through early detection of clusters through its public healthcare system, Noor Hisham said.

“However, we will still need strong cooperation from the people when it comes to breaking the chain of Covid-19 infections.”

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