MoH mulls tightening inter-state travel to curb Covid-19 transmission

Dr Noor Hisham

By Adrian Lim

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 6: The Ministry of Health (MoH) is looking at tightening inter-state travel as part of the preventive measures to curb the transmission of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said MoH is in discussion with the National Security Council (MKN) to formulate a new strategy to combat the transmission of the coronavirus after new Covid-19 cases escalate following the relaxation of interstate travel.

“Every day, new cases reached four digits since December 31.

“Our concern is that the cases are increasing now.

“And we expect there might be more cases in the next one or two weeks which could raise the number of infections.

“More importantly is the circuit breaker, to bring down the number of new cases.

“We are looking at different strategies.

“Discussions are ongoing and we need MKN to make a decision as soon as possible so we can manage the situation much better,” he told reporters during a press conference on the national Covid-19 update today.

Dr Noor Hisham added that MoH is also looking at placing asymptomatic patients and mild symptom patients at the existing quarantine centres which were used by permanent residences who returned to Malaysia.

Earlier, he revealed that daily Covid-19 infection in Malaysia reached a new high of 2,593 cases with four fatalities reported.

He added that there were also 13 new clusters of Covid-19 identified. —DayakDaily