Johor's escalating local Covid-19 infections raise concern

JOHOR BARU: Johor has recorded a sudden surge in the number of Covid-19 cases reported, echoing similar patterns globally.

State Health and Unity Committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said cumulatively 401,886 cases were reported to-date (Dec 16), with 3,083 identified as imported cases.

There are 103 Covid patients in hospitals state-wide with three seeking treatment in the intensive care units.

Among the 10 districts in Johor, its capital city recorded the highest number of reported cases with 1,995, followed by 524 cases in Kluang, 487 in Kulai, Batu Pahat (355), Kota Tinggi (272) and 171 cases in Pontian.

There were no Covid-19 cases reported in Mersing, Muar, Segamat and Tangkak in the 50th Epidemiology Week.

Ling said despite the Health Ministry's efforts and prevention measure, there has been an increase in ME-49 cases compared to ME-48.

He urged members of the public to practice health precautions, including mandatory use of face masks for those found to be Covid-19 positive, and those within healthcare facilities (visitors, caretakers, patients, and healthcare personnel).

Johoreans are also advised to avoid crowded and confined spaces and close conversation settings (3 S's) while adhering to the 3 W's (Wash, Wear, Warn) and practicing TRISS (Test, Report, Isolate, Self-Care).

Those who are yet to receive their Covid-19 vaccination doses are advised to register immediately for the vaccine.

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