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DG Hisham: Data Indicates Possible Covid-19 Outbreak, Urges Rakyat To Follow SOPs

DG Hisham: Data Indicates Possible Covid-19 Outbreak, Urges Rakyat To Follow SOPs

If the R-naught value goes up, we might face another outbreak.

Adeline Leong

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With most of the rakyat vaccinated, things are gradually getting back to normal but the excitement may be short-lived if we’re all not careful.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a tweet that the country’s infectivity rate (R-value) has gone up to 1.0 yesterday.

“This suggests that the daily cases are steadily increasing, and we are concerned if this trend continues,” he wrote.

He also urged everyone to follow the SOP and to get the booster dose when they get the appointment.

Previously, he has said that an Rt above 1.0 shows the possibility of another Covid-19 outbreak similar to what Malaysia experienced at the start of the third wave.

Based on the graphs he shared, Putrajaya has the highest Rt (1.16). This is followed by Kuala Lumpur (1.04), Selangor (1.03) and Kelantan (1.02).

The lowest Rt record are in Sarawak (0.87), Perak (0.88), Terengganu (0.90) and Labuan (no Rt value due to low number of daily infections).

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted to say they’re monitoring hospital admissions and other leading indicators.

If you have been given an appointment for a booster dose, take it. The elderly, where possible, should avoid crowded places. Practice #TRIIS

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

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The Covid-19 vaccine does not prevent one from getting infected by the virus. The vaccine only helps to lessen the severity of the symptoms if you’re infected.

Thus, it’s still important to carry out our own health self-assessment and to take proper steps using the TRIIS method.

TEST – Immediately take a Covid-19 test if you exhibit any symptoms such as flu, fever, coughing etc.

REPORT – Remember to report your symptoms in MySejahtera.

ISOLATE – Quarantine or self-isolate if you test positive. Observe the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) that has been set by the Ministry of Health (KKM).

INFORM – If you test positive for Covid-19, inform all of your close contacts. Also, notify the relevant authorities if your condition worsens during home quarantine.

SEEK – Seek immediate medical attention at the closest medical centre if you experience serious symptoms such as breathing difficulties and high body temperature.


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