PUTRAJAYA, 22 Oct 2020:
Since February until yesterday, 2,145 school students have been detected positive for Covid-19, noted Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said 1,257 students were detected positive since the third wave of the pandemic from Sept 22 until Oct 21.
From February to Oct 21, 830 cases involved pupils aged seven to 12 years while 1,315 cases involved students aged 13 to 18 years.
In the third wave, 587 cases involved students aged seven to 12 years and 670 cases were students aged 13 to 18 years, he said at the latest Covid-19 development press conference here, today.
Since the third wave hit the country, he said 12 schools affected by the cluster were closed for a week for disinfection and close contact screening.
He also advised the public not to be deceived by medicines advertised on online shopping applications which are purportedly effective in treating Covid-19 infection.
Dr Noor Hisham said thus far, no drug has been proven effective and able to treat individuals with Covid-19 infection. If there was a drug which could cure Covid-19, he said the individual behind it would have become a millionaire by now.
“Thus far, there is still no effective medicine to treat this disease and if they have a cure (for Covid-19) for sure this individual would become wealthy because the whole world is looking for this medicine,” he said this when asked to comment on a drug advertisement that claimed to be able to cure Covid-19, which is sold online.
A check by Bernama on the online shopping application found that medicines were from China and priced at RM12.
On Monday, Dr Noor Hisham said the use of remdesivir antiviral drugs was found to be ineffective in treating Covid-19 patients, as well as not helping to reduce the number of deaths related to the outbreak.
He said a clinical study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), namely ‘Solidarity trial’, also proved anti-malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine, as well as ‘lopinavir’ and ‘ritonavir’, were ineffective in treating the affected patients.
However, Dr Noor Hisham said the antiviral drug dexamethasone – a drug that prevents pneumonia – was found to be effective and yield positive results to the health of Covid-19 patients.