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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the Covid-19 situation is only getting worse around the globe following 136,000 new cases reported on 7 June, Sunday – among the highest spikes ever recorded.
While WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus stated that there is a downward trend of infection and deaths in some countries, other parts of the world are not faring too well.
Brazil is recording a sharp increase in infections with the third highest global death toll at 34,000 – behind the United States and United Kingdom.
Malaysia, on the other hand, is faring much better than it’s global counterparts as 7 new Covid-19 cases were reported on 8 June, Monday.
The national death toll also remains low at 117, or 1.4% of the total 8329 Covid-19 cases reported.
However, Health Director General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has repeatedly called for Malaysians to not be lulled into a false sense of security as the virus continues to be a threat as long as no vaccine is available.
He states that high compliance with the health standard operating procedures (SOP) and guidelines will allow for the nation’s continued success over the novel coronavirus.
His words come after a WHO official affirmed that asymptomatic carriers of the virus appear to be very rare.
Based on detailed reports of contact tracing from several nations, Maria Van Kerkhove,WHO technical lead for coronavirus response and head of the emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, clarifies that most seemingly asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 often turn out to be mild cases of the disease.
However, the Health Ministry points out that an infected individual in the pre-symptomatic stage (before symptoms develop) can actively infect others. Hence, the necessity and importance of social distancing.
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