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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, May 8: Vivacity Megamall here is one out of four shopping centres listed under the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (Hide) list as of today.
MoH also identified Plaza Merdeka Shopping Centre in Kuching, The Summer Shopping Mall in Kota Samarahan and The Spring in Bintulu as the other three locations at risk of becoming Covid-19 hotspots over a seven-day horizon.
Emphasising that the listed premises are not potential cluster locations, the Ministry said Hide is a big data analytics system leveraging on MySejahtera check-ins and other existing healthcare databases to make the predictions.
For premises to appear on the Hide list, it meant a sizeable number of individuals potentially exposed to Covid-19 positive individuals, based on backward and forward contact tracing using MySejahtera check-in data, have visited these places.
If any premises were to be one of the listed ones, MoH pointed out that closure of the business is not needed unless required by enforcement authorities, but pre-emptive actions are advised to be taken immediately.
Such business owners are encouraged to quickly enhance gatekeeping, get employees to be screened for Covid-19 and enhance crowd control measures especially areas with tight spaces or that are prone to over-crowding.
For members of the public who have patronised premises in the Hide list within seven days, they are encouraged to isolate themselves, minimise further contact with others and monitor themselves for any Covid-19 symptoms.
“Fighting Covid-19 is a shared responsibility.
“We all have a role to play. Early intervention efforts can help reduce transmission and prevent the formation of clusters. This can help save lives and preserve livelihoods, said the Ministry in a statement today.
Adding on, MoH noted that the Hide system would generate daily a list of predicted premises to be published to facilitate self-regulation by the general public and businesses.
The Hide system is a new approach introduced by the government starting yesterday (May 8) to prevent the spread of Covid-19. — DayakDaily
Click the images below the view the full list of Hide premises in Sarawak.