Datuk Dr Noor Hisham, Deputy General at the Ministry of Health advised the public not to be too alarmed with the fluctuating number of positive Covid 19 cases being reported of late. As of today a total of 67 cases were reported with 96 recoveries, its been about the same every day.
The public has been questioning on daily number of cases being reported which somewhat is not seeing a decrease since the Conditional Movement Control Order was announced, many were under the impression Malaysia has succeeded in containing the outbreak and the number of cases to come down to the low single digits. However this is not the case, for the past 7 days an average of 50 cases were being reported with spikes during some days and most worryingly a couple of new clusters are emerging.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin could have possibly taken this into account when he extended the CMCO to another month which means many will be stuck at home until June 9. This will also result in certain sectors still being closed including schools and large gatherings like stadiums. Nevertheless, the extension is welcomed by the Health Ministry which can now undertake further monitoring of the situation and have more time to address these new clusters. However, Dr Noor assured the people that Malaysia has Covid 19 under control and the spikes are well within the capacity of what the ministry can handle. Besides most of the current cases involve foreign workers, like the ones in Cheras Mall, Setia Alam, Pedas and Jalan Otham wet market of which all has been re-designated and access closed.
The one month CMCO extension gives the Health Ministry leeway to act quickly on spikes and impose strict SOP’s to keep the spread contained and not spill into the community. With SOP’s in place and looking at the data, number of cases should reach the single digit by one or two weeks concluded Dr Noor.