KUCHING, Oct 2: The surge increase of 287 new Covid-19 infections is worrying the Health Ministry (MOH).
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that all the 287 positive cases recorded today were local transmissions, including 139 who’ve returned from Sabah between Sept 20 to Oct 2.
Today’s, 20 positive cases in Selangor (13), Negeri Sembilan (2), Perak (2), and one each in Terengganu, Labuan and Kelantan were returnees from Sabah.
“As announced, today’s 287 new positive cases is the highest number of daily cases ever recorded since the beginning of this pandemic. This increasing trend is what the MOH is worried about.
“Of the 287 new cases recorded in Malaysia today, 128 were from the Tembok Cluster involving a prison in Kedah. Of the remaining 159 cases, 113 cases were detected in Sabah from the existing clusters and four districts that are currently undergoing the Targeted Tightened Movement Control Order (PKPDB),” Dr Noor Hisham disclosed.
He hoped that with the implementation of PKPDB, followed by Cross-District Control throughout Sabah from Oct 3 to 16 including all field control activities will help control and reduce the number of cases in Sabah.
Despite being prepared for the worse, Dr Noor Hisham said all state Health Department and district health offices nationwide have been warned to deal with any probability of a sudden increase in cases in their locality and re-double their efforts to detect, test, isolate and treat any Covid-19 cases.
“As implemented previously, MOH will always work hand in hand with other agencies to carry out this responsibility. However, MOH and other agencies cannot fight Covid-19 alone.
“The greater responsibility rests on the shoulders of every individual in society, regardless of rank, background and status. This social responsibility needs to be shouldered together so that we can break the Covid-19 chain of transmission in our country. We have gone through it together before this by taking care of ourselves, our families, our community and our country,” he asserted. ¯DayakDaily