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Noor Hisham: Follow SOP during long weekend

KUALA LUMPUR: IN conjunction with the long National Day weekend, the Health Ministry has reminded the public to avoid large gatherings, adopt new normal practices and adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the recovery phase of the Movement Control Order.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reminded the public to put on face masks in crowded and confined areas as required by the National Security Council.

"To curb the spread of Covid-19, every Malaysian has a role to play and it is their social responsibility (to keep the country and its people safe).

" The Health Ministry urges the public to continue adhering to the SOP set by the government at all times," he said in a statement yesterday.

He said the government would continue to conduct public health screening at international entry points to ensure that imported Covid-19 infections could be detected and stopped.

Up to Thursday, 904 out of 106,793 returnees from abroad tested positive for Covid-19, with an infection rate of 0.85 per cent.

"Out of the 904 cases recorded, three countries topped the list of most number of cases with Indonesia with 295 cases (32.6 per cent), Egypt 93 cases (10.3 per cent) and Singapore 70 cases (7.7 per cent).

"Monitoring at the country's international entry points will be enhanced, where all travellers must complete the health screening process, take the Covid-19 swab test, download the MySejahtera app and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine."

On daily case updates, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry logged 10 new cases comprising two local transmissions involving a Malaysian and a foreigner.

"The case involving the Malaysian was detected in Kedah from a symptomatic screening.

"The case involving a foreigner was detected from a screening on an illegal migrant at the Bukit Jalil Immigration detention depot."

He said the eight other cases were imported cases involving one Malaysian and seven foreigners. Among the eight, seven were returnees from India (five in Kuala Lumpur and two in Selangor) and the Philippines, including one case in Sarawak. This brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases to 9,306, with 151 active cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said 36 people had recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged to 9,030 (97 per cent).

Eight patients were being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, and no new deaths were recorded.

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