Sarawak logs zero Covid-19 cases, a first in more than a month
SARAWAK recorded no Covid-19 case today, the first time in slightly more than a month when no infections was last reported on October 19.
The outlook and increasingly downward trend of the number of cases in the state have buoyed the prospect of the conditional movement-control order (CMCO) in Kuching district being lifted tomorrow.
The populous district is the only place in the state with movement restrictions to halt the spread of the infectious disease that has claimed 19 lives and infected 1,055 to date.
Deputy Chief Minister James Masing, who has taken temporary charge of the state disaster management committee, has called for a press conference tomorrow to give an update on the pandemic in the state.
The committee said another victim has also recovered from the infection today and was allowed to be discharged from the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching.
The discharge pushed the state’s recovery rate to 92.13% or 972 of the 1,055 victims.
As of today, only 64 victims are still warded in hospitals across the state, kept in isolation and being treated – 56 in the general hospital, with the remaining eight in the Miri Hospital.
None of them is in intensive care, the committee added. MKINI
MOH wanted to implement full MCO in S’gor but economic impact too high
The Health Ministry wanted to put Selangor back under a full movement control order (MCO) last month.
However, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government could not afford the economic ramifications and thus opted for the less restrictive conditional MCO (CMCO)
“In Selangor, it was very challenging. Even though we took early action and implemented the conditional MCO on Oct 14.
“If possible, we wanted to implement the (full) MCO then but the cost was too high because 40 percent of the country’s economy is in Selangor, so we implemented the conditional MCO,” he said.
Selangor recorded 402 cases of Covid-19 today, more than Sabah which registered 346 new cases.
Noor Hisham said for Sabah, the government could take action by screening everyone who returned from the state and imposing a home quarantine on those who tested negative.
“But in Selangor, are we able to screen everyone who goes in and out of the state and quarantine them (for) 14 days if they are negative?
“We are not able to implement that,” he said.
Thus, he said, the people must play a bigger role in maintaining social distancing. MKINI
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