Now Facing Third Wave, Dr Noor Hisham Urges Malaysians to Stay Home as Best Way to Flatten Covid-19 Curve

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As Malaysia now faces the third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reiterated today for Malaysians to stay at home.

In his press conference today, Dr Noor Hisham said that while public health officials are exhausting every available means to contain the pandemic, Malaysians can also do their part to flatten the curve.

“We asked for the cooperation from all levels, to be with the Ministry of Health for us to break the chain of Covid-19 within the community, because the virus now exists within our community and the best method is if possible, everyone stays at home.

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“If you stay at home, then we can break the infection chain of Covid-19 after this. I urge all Malaysians to please stay at home,” he said, adding that this option is better than the physical distancing rule of staying 1-metre apart.

“We now have entered the third wave [of Covid-19] and it up to us to contain the Covid-19 situation within our country,” he added.

He also revealed that the Health Ministry has detected five new Covid-19 clusters, one of which is in Kuala Lumpur.

The Jalan Pantai cluster of eight infections was discovered in Lembah Pantai.

Dr Noor Hisham said in a virtual presser today that the cluster was discovered when the index patient tested positive after experiencing symptoms and is currently being treated at the Sg Buloh Hospital.

Meanwhile, five deaths were recorded today, bringing the national Covid-19 death toll to 146. All the deaths were from Sabah, which is a red zone for the virus.

Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases today fell for the second day in a row to 375.

Dr Noor Hisham said that the majority of cases today were from areas designated under targeted restricted movement orders or from prisons.

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He also said a total of 18 more Covid-19 patients had recovered from the disease and were discharged today, bringing the tally to 10,519, while 60 cases were being treated at the intensive care unit with 20 under ventilator support.