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Monday, December 5, 2022

Health DG: Expect to see surge in Covid-19 cases after Raya celebrations

NewsHealth DG: Expect to see surge in Covid-19 cases after Raya celebrations

The Raya celebration this year is definitely a different and unforgettable one after all the last-minute announcements and being able to interstate travel to balik kampung since the pandemic.

In addition, the country is now transitioning towards endemicity and the Health Ministry has relaxed several Covid-19 SOPs including the need to wear face masks outdoors and to check in with MySejahtera.

Nonetheless, given this leniency, some of us are worried about another wave of the Covid-19 virus in our country.

According to Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham, the daily reported cases of Covid-19 may go back up after the celebration of Raya.

However, he said that the majority of the Covid-19 cases would most likely be of Categories 1 and 2.

According to Bernama, most of the reported Covid-19 cases involved Categories 1 and 2 with a total of 99.5% in the past 2 months. The admission into the ICU has shown a significant downtrend.

“The number of death and the need for respirator assistance have also decreased,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He also said that the mortality rate was much higher in July and August last year. However, the deaths in the following months starting in August quickly decreased after the vaccinations are being rolled out.

The latest data also showed that Malaysia has more than 99% vaccine coverage in adults and teenagers at 92%, with the booster dose reaching almost 70%.

In the meantime, he hopes that the public can continue to work together and take responsibility by exercising self-control to help prevent another outbreak.

“The MOH hopes that this trend will continue so that we can cope with Covid-19 well and live with the virus in its transition to endemic. If we work together and take responsibility by exercising self-control, we will be able to curb the spread.”

“Thus far, after the reopening of the country’s borders on 1 April, the MOH expects the number of cases to increase but it has been on the decline. This shows that herd immunity resistance is the vaccine and those who are infected and recovered have natural immunity. This will help the MOH control and curb the spread of Covid-19 infection in the country,” he said.

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