In an effort to increase transparency in data sharing, the Health Ministry has launched a new Covid-19 website (https://covidnow.moh.gov.my/).
Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin described the website as a way to “lift the veil of secrecy in statistics” and would provide the main data that are more accessible and easily understood by the general public.
“The website will be updated at 11.59pm daily, and will, among others, provide granular data on active cases and where they are located – (such as at) home, PKRCs (low-risk quarantine and treatment centres) and hospitals.
“The ministry will continue to interpret and analyse the data and it also welcomes opinions and analysis from the relevant experts,” he said during a press conference at the Health Ministry building here today.
Khairy said the new format would include data on new cases, deaths, vaccination status of patients and the type of vaccine used, the public healthcare system’s capacity as well as the adverse event following immunisation (AEFI).
He said this was in addition to the previous data reporting such as cases by states and screening tests, clusters, mortality rates by state, ICU utilisation capacity as well as mobility data.
“The Health Ministry realises the necessity to ensure total participation of society including academicians, private sector and NGOs in protecting ourselves, our family and the community from the Covid-19 infection.
Aside from that, Khairy said the ministry would provide more accurate data on death cases on a daily basis.
Based on previous procedures, he said they could only confirm data reporting after the body had completed the autopsy process, which could take days.
“This has caused backlogs in cases. There is no clear picture on deaths data, but with this new format we can share the date when the patient died on the day of announcement itself, to ensure data accuracy.”
With the new website, Khairy also said the daily Covid-19 updates by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham, will end in the next few days. – NST