As of Sunday (6 February), Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases had skyrocketed past the 10,000-mark, with 10,089 cases. This is the first time that cases have passed the 5-digit-mark, with the last time being 1 October 2021 when the country recorded 10,915 cases.
However, Health Ministry Khairy Jamaluddin warned Malaysians that this was just the start of another wave of Covid-19 Omicron variant infections and daily cases will reach 15,000 soon.
“Fully into the Omicron wave. The daily cases will hit 15,000 soon. There are still one million senior citizens who do not have a booster dose. Please inform your loved ones to get a booster dose immediately,” he said in a tweet.
Fully into Omicron wave. Kes akan mencecah 15k tidak lama lagi. Masih ada 1 juta warga emas yang tiada dos penggalak. Tolong maklum kepada orang2 tua kesayangan anda untuk mendapat dos penggalak dengan segera. https://t.co/IAejbJNrHO— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) February 6, 2022
Khairy said this in response to the Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweet that shared that the daily Covid-19 cases could reach 22,000 a day by the end of March if the infectivity level (R0) remains at 1.2.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia’s good vaccination coverage would ensure the severity of Covid-19 infections remained low.
“At present, if the Rt level is at 1.2. we expect to reach 22,000 cases by the end of March 2022.”
“However, with wide vaccine coverage and booster doses, we can reduce the severity of Covid-19 cases,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a tweet while sharing a graphic showing the forecasted Covid-19 cases.
He then said that the people could play their part in lowering the infectivity rate by getting their booster shots as well as adhering to Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
We are not out of the woods yet. The onus is on us now to come together and brace the surge of cases, however more importantly we have to anticipate the high number of cases with less severity, less hospitalisation and less fatality.— Noor Hisham Abdullah (@DGHisham) February 6, 2022
“Hence the onus is on us to comply with all the public health and social measures plus increasing the vaccination and booster shot coverage to reduce the transmission and lower the Rt to less than 1,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham added that Malaysia was “not out of the woods yet”, but he said that a surge in cases would likely be coupled with fewer hospital admissions and deaths.
“We are not out of the woods yet. It is on us to come together and brace for the surge of cases, however more importantly we have to anticipate the high number of cases with less severity, less hospitalisation and less fatality,” he said.