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Friday, July 30, 2021

We’ll hit 1.5mil active Covid cases in September at this rate, says Najib


Former prime minister Najib Razak has criticised the government for not changing its approach to fighting Covid-19.

PETALING JAYA: The number of Covid-19 active cases could reach 1.49 million by the end of September if the trend of infection continues, according to former prime minister Najib Razak.

In a Facebook post, he said the number of active cases in June stood at 62,844 and it almost tripled within a month to 179,179 cases on July 29.

He said if the trend of infection continued, more than 500,000 cases could be recorded in August and more than a million in September.

“What is the maximum number of active cases before the government decides to change its approach to fighting Covid-19?

“What will be the new death rate in the coming months if the upward trend of active cases continues?” he asked.

Recently, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah predicted Covid-19 transmissions would peak in mid-September, with 24,000 cases a day.

Najib criticised the government for its lack of effort in combating the virus despite the prediction.

“Why does the government predict that Covid-19 cases will rise to 24,000 (a day) in September without implementing intervention measures when September is still a month away?”

The health ministry reported 16,840 Covid-19 cases and 134 deaths over the past 24 hours.

Infections have breached the 17,000 mark over the past two days. - FMT

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