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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Infectivity rate up, but no drastic rise in Covid-19 cases

 

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah with a group of nurses at the launch of the Evolution of Nursing Uniform Exhibition at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: There has been a rise in the country’s Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) although there is no drastic rise in the number of cases, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

He said there were several factors that contributed to the infectivity rate, namely new cases, recoveries, as well as taking into account communities that had yet to be infected and communities that had been vaccinated.

“We are seeing a rise (in infectivity rate) but the majority are Category 1 and 2 cases, and this is expected to happen after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“Hospital admission and bed usage in the intensive care units have remained low and hospitals are still able to take in patients. We do not see a sharp increase in cases,” he told reporters after launching the Evolution of Nursing Uniform Exhibition at the National Museum here today.

Noor Hisham said the health ministry expected to see an increase in new Covid-19 cases after the reopening of borders on April 1, but the high vaccination rate and adherence to SOPs had kept the situation under control.

In another development, Noor Hisham said the number of hand, foot and mouth disease cases and dengue cases had declined in the last two years as many had adopted public health measures.

“If we adopt public health measures, we not only control Covid-19 but other infectious diseases as well,” he said.

Apart from thanking nurses in Malaysia for their contribution and services, Noor Hisham also expressed his appreciation to the museums department for its efforts in organising the exhibition as a show of thanks to frontline medical staff in conjunction with World Nurses’ Day.

The exhibition, which is being held from today until May 22, features collections of nurses’ uniforms from across the country, patient care equipment and old photographs of nurses at training schools. - FMT

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