Perlis has recently recorded a huge spike in Covid-19 cases, with a new high of 200 cases on Thursday (7 October).
Responding to the matter, the Health Director-General (DG), Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that illegal interstate travel by the Kedahans are the main cause that contributes to the spike in cases in Perlis.
“The reason was due to illegal interstate travel,” he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.
Up to date, Perlis had recorded a total number of 4,422 Covid-19 cases in the state.
Meanwhile, he also did not deny the possibility of these people entering Perlis though rat routes to avoid roadblocks.
He added that 194 of the new cases were reported to be from category one and two.
“Among the 200 daily cases, 94 were from the screenings of the Penyayang Jejawi Cluster.” he said.
The Penyayang Jejawi Cluster outbreak was first reported on 1 October and it involved senior citizens living in Rumah Seri Kenangan, Kangar and the staff.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, Azman Mohd. Yusof also echoed the Health DG, saying that he believes that illegal interstate travel is the main cause of the spike in Covid-19 cases in Perlis, as reported by Utusan.
Nonetheless, he added that home quarantine could be one of the possible explanation for the spike too, as these suspected patients may have infected the other family members during their quarantine.
Azman said that 72% of individuals who were found positive with Covid-19 were fully vaccinated.
“Only 3% of the cases are in categories three, four and five. However, 50% of the cases in categories three, four and five are with comorbidities.” he said.
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