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150,000 Daily Covid-19 Tests An Ideal Figure For Current Situation, Says Health DG

150,000 Daily Covid-19 Tests An Ideal Figure For Current Situation, Says Health DG

The average is currently around 80,000.

Hakim Hassan

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150,000 Covid-19 tests per day is an ideal figure for Malaysia according to Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said to The Star that the country currently has testing at a rate of 80,000 daily and those numbers need to be scaled up.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that for each case, there should be 10 to 30 tests conducted. We hope the total Covid-19 tests conducted by our public and private labs can be increased to meet the benchmark of 30 tests for every single positive case. That would be the best. Minimal would be 50,000 tests, the mean would be 100, 000.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via The Star

It’s reported that in epidemiology week 24, a total of 561,156 Covid-19 test have been conducted between 13 to 19 June – an average of around 80,165 tests a day.

Malaysia’s positivity rate is currently at 6.93%, higher than the recommended WHO range of 5% with Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Labuan recording a higher than 10% positivity rate in that period.

Private labs needed to boost testing

He also mentioned that in order to test more people private labs can do their part and added that tests using Antigen Rapid Test Kits (RTK-Ag) are low and should also be “scaled up”.

Our public and private labs have the capability. We have advised all states, employers and non-government organisations to help scale up testing. They can engage with the 31 private labs and 13 university labs that can do this.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via The Star

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