MCO day 134: MoH warns of another Covid-19 possible lockdown

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 July 2020:

A total of 13 new cases was reported today, bringing the cumulative total of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 8,956.

The Movement Control Order (MCO) or the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be re-enforced if Covid-19 local transmission positive cases escalate.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government has no choice but to enforce the MCO again, as it did during the early stages of the pandemic, to break the chain of Covid-19 infection in the community.

“If it spreads in the community and is not contained, we will face problems and we could go back to the MCO or CMCO.

“Within these two weeks, if there is a sudden increase of cases and emergence of new clusters, we will do contract tracing,” he said during a media engagement session here today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the recent rise of Covid-19 infections in the community was because people had violated the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He said during the enforcement of the MCO, the number of positive cases was high but SOP compliance (by the people) was also high.

Now, he said, the people’s complacency in adhering to the SOP could be because of the low daily positive cases.

“Malaysians should always be reminded to adhere to the SOPs because its violation will lead to the spread of the infection in the community and we may have to re-enforce the MCO.”

Of the 13 new cases, he said eight were imported cases involving four Malaysians and four foreigners who were infected abroad.

He said the import cases were from UK (two cases in Kuala Lumpur), India (two cases in Kuala Lumpur, Philippines (one case in Kuala Lumpur), Pakistan (one case in Kuala Lumpur and one case each from Gambia and Ukraine in Selangor.

“As such, the total active cases with Covid-19 infectivity is 220 cases. The patients have been isolated and are being treated,” he said in a separate statement.

From the five local transmissions, Dr Noor Hisham said three were among locals involving one at workplace screening in Johor, Sarawak ( one from Sentosa cluster) and Sabah (screening of a patient with symptoms in Queen Elizabeth Hospital).

Two cases among foreigners were one in the Mambong cluster in Sarawak and one from screening an illegal immigrant in Perlis.

On the status of the Mambong and Sentosa clusters in Sarawak, he said as at noon today, 198 people have been screened in the Mambong cluster involving 188 residents and 10 non-citizens.

“From the total, seven were detected positive for Covid-19, comprising two foreigners and 191 were tested negative.’

For the Sentosa cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said 1,026 people were screened with 31 found positive, 888 negative while 107 are still waiting for results.

“The cluster also involved second generation cases. The source of infection is still being investigated. From initial investigations, it was found it was probably from activities in the community.”

Apart from that, he also said there were five cases of recovery, bringing the cumulative cases of recoveries to 8,612 or 96.2% from the overall total.

There are only two positive cases being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) now and as there were no Covid-19 related deaths reported today, the death toll stays at 124 case, he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said, Malaysians should stay at home so that the Health Ministry (MoH) could conduct field activities to contain the outbreak.

Asked to comment on the gathering by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s supporters at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham – while expressing disappointment to see the SOP breached – said MoH would monitor the emergence of positive cases among the supporters within these two weeks.

Commenting on the possible occurrence of a third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, Dr Noor Hisham said his team would have to work harder.

“We have been working hard for seven months to prevent the spread, if it happens (third wave) we will have to work hard for another four months and 25,000 health personnel will be recalled to work for 20 hours a day if cases escalate.”

Dr Noor Hisham also reminded the public to follow the Aidiladha SOP set by the government in celebrating the festivity this Friday.

– Bernama