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Muhyiddin says Covid-19 Strategy will be reviewed at MKN meeting next Monday

Malaysia had recorded over 20,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past 2 consecutive days and the situation does not seem to be getting well any time soon too.

Responding to this matter, the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the government will discuss the refinements to the nation’s Covid-19 pandemic strategy at a special National Security Council meeting next Monday (9 August).

According to The Star, Muhyiddin said he was concerned by the sudden surge in the daily cases which had passed the 20,000 mark for the first time. He added that a review of the strategy is required to more effectively curb the Covid-19 spread.

“We will discuss it especially for affected areas such as the Greater Klang Valley, which includes Kuala Lumpur and (parts of) Selangor, as well as other states that have shown an increase.”

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“The government will scrutinise the reasons for the increase and decide if the steps taken are no longer effective enough, if we need to improve the process of testing and contact tracing.” he said at a press conference while handling Bakul Prihatin Negara aid to the community at Bukit Pasir yesterday (6 August).

Meanwhile, he said that assessments will also be conducted on the internal issues and problems in the Health Ministry including staffing, medicine supply and equipment.

He added that the government has identified some specific issues to be refined but at the same time, he stressed that he had given full authority to the ministry to do what is necessary in certain areas so it did not need to refer matters to him constantly.

“They can implement these themselves even if it involves expenditure because we have allocated it in the budget for the Health Ministry and the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force.” he added.

According to the data that the ministry had collected, Muhyiddin said that majority of the new Covid-19 cases were of Category One and Two, which were asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Those which are under Category Three, Four and Five stood at only 1.2% of the total.

Muhyiddin added that the important thing now is to ensure that hospitals are ready and able to provide facilities such as intensive care unit (ICUs) beds and other facilities to accommodate the increase in demand.

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