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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

KJ vows concerted bid to bring down Covid-19 deaths


Khairy Jamaluddin reporting for work at the health ministry. He has vowed to bring down the number of cases and deaths within the next 100 days. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: New health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has vowed to reduce the number of Covid-19 deaths and brought-in-dead (BID) cases.

The Rembau MP expressed confidence that the ministry would soon see progress in its battle against Covid-19.

“The first priority is to bring this pandemic under control,” he told ministry officials after clocking in yesterday.

“We want to reduce deaths, the BIDs. We even want to reduce the number of cases in the next 100 days, and we can do it.

“You’ve all been doing a great job and I know there are many views from the outside. So let’s sit down, see what we have done well and where we can do even better.”

The country has been experiencing a spike in cases since late June, with daily cases steadily rising from around the 6,000 mark to regularly breaching the 20,000 mark in recent months.

The health ministry today reported 20,897 Covid-19 cases and 282 deaths in the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections now standing at 1,746,254 and cumulative deaths at 16,664.

Announcing the new Cabinet line-up last week, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he has given his ministers 100 days to prove themselves. - FMT

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