Health minister: Don’t be misled, 50% of new Covid-19 cases are Malaysians

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The government has warned that the recent high number of Covid-19 cases is not merely due to the mandatory screening of foreign workers from Jan 1 as 50% of them are Malaysians.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said the spike happened after the authorities allowed inter-district and inter-state travel from December.

“Sporadic infections are due to inter-state travel, gatherings or groups assembling in a particular place,” he told reporters after an official function at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital today.

He said this was why the ministry had recommended to the National Security Council to tighten controls on inter-district and inter-state travel if the number of cases continues to rise.

“The Covid-19 cases recorded now are sporadic (cases happening in the community) and not mostly involving non-citizens.”

Adham said the sudden steep rise in cases was also due to the mandatory screening of all foreign workers in the manufacturing and construction sectors beginning Jan 1.

“So, when more tests are done, there will be more positive cases, but we did not expect such a drastic increase.

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“Among others, it was also due to non-compliance of SOPs that were outlined when all economic sectors were reopened,” he said.

Yesterday, Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would make a special announcement on Monday to spell out tough new measures to deal with the recent spike.

He said that these measures may include tightening of SOPs for the social sector to reduce travel.