Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has warned of an imminent increase in Covid-19 cases after the catastrophic floods that landed on several states nationwide over the weekends.
He said that 181 individuals were found positive for Covid-19 during the screening by health authorities at the various flood relief centres. The majority of them involved asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients under Categories 1 and 2.
In addition, the ministry has identified a total of 206 individuals as close contacts, reported Malay Mail.
“As of 11 a.m. today, following our screening at the various relief centres, we detected a total of 181 Covid-19 positive cases.”
“Those found positive have been isolated from the general populace after they were moved to hospitals or quarantine centres.”
“So the ministry is expecting a possible rise in Covid-19 cases as patient transfers were conducted in a risky manner and certain public health measures such as face mask-wearing were therefore inapplicable,” he said at a press conference at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (20 December).
Meanwhile, Khairy said that the ministry understands the current situation and the priority is to rescue as many victims as possible. Thus, certain measures were unable to be enforced properly due to the flooding.
He added that out of the 181 cases detected, the majority of the patients were from Selangor at 117, followed by Pahang at 52, 6 in Kelantan, 4 in KL, and 1 in Melaka and Negri Sembilan respectively.
Nonetheless, Khairy assured that the ministry will continue to conduct screening on the victims and isolate any who were found positive while also providing medical supplies such as face masks and sanitisers.
It was reported that central states across peninsular Malaysia were the worst affected by the continuously heavy downpour over the past few days that rivers to overflow their banks and flood several areas.
The flood had forced thousands to evacuate from their homes and cut off roads and expressways too, causing people to be stranded.