The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has urge the public to not obsessed with the daily numbers of new Covid-19 cases as other indicators should be taken into account to get an accurate picture of the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.
During an interview with Astro Awani, Khairy said that this is also the reason that the Health Ministry no longer provide details of daily cases based on state in the afternoon as before. Instead, these information will be published at midnight on CovidNow.
“Some countries have already said that they will not be reporting daily cases in the future.”
“However, we are still following the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to report cases on a daily basis. Only now we are not focusing on that figure every day.”
“It’s just that we are not focusing on the daily figures, I have asked Health Director-General, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to collate those figures with other indicators so the people do not become obsessed with those figures.” he said.
Meanwhile, he explained that it does not meant that he is taking the matter of new infections lightly, only that the daily cases should be seen in the context of other indicators to provide a more accurate picture of the Covid situation.
“It just needs to be read with other figures like hospital admissions, deaths, ICU admissions and so on.”
“That gives us at the MOH a more accurate picture of the position of this critic.” he said.
He also said that there has been a 25% drop in new cases over the past two weeks with 98% of new infections comprising Category 1 and 2 cases.
Besides that, Khairy said there were 2,344 fatalities being recorded in the first week of August, while this week there were only 360 deaths. This an 85% drop in the death rate.
“Brought in dead (BID) cases have also dropped by 89%. ICU bed utilisation has dropped to 60%. If you look at these indicators, even though we haven’t won (the war against Covid) and are still a long way from the endemic phase, we (can see) that we are transitioning to the endemic phase.” he said.
Khairy added that the Health Ministry will be unveiling the national testing policy next week to guide the people on what they should do in the event they test positive when using self-test kits.
Watch the full interview here: