PETALING JAYA: Residents of Medan 88 in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi who fled the area before falling under the command of enhanced motion control should come forward to undergo Covid-19 screening, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
The Director General of Health said it is better for residents to be screened for free by the Ministry of Health, rather than going for a private screening.
“If they undergo screening themselves, they may have to pay a fee of at least RM300, when these costs could have been borne by the Department of Health,” he said at a Covid-19 news conference yesterday.
Dr. Noor Hisham also said authorities cannot prematurely announce whether an area will be placed under improved MCO as residents can leave the area after the announcement is made.
“However, the announcement was made (in advance) because there may be people staying in the hotels there who could later be detained for 14 days,” he said when answering a question as to why the authorities chose to target the areas. announce that it will be placed under reinforced MCO before the area is closed with barbed wire.
He also noted that the area has many foreign workers and that it was likely that the residents who had fled the area were illegal immigrants.
Dr. Noor Hisham also said the ministry will continuously improve methods for active detection of cases.
He cited an example and said that those returning to Kelantan with permits from the Klang Valley should put on different colored wristbands for identification.
“Wearing the wristband is mandatory with the orange band intended for those who must undergo 14 days at home quarantine, while the green band is for those traveling to attend business and meetings.
“They are not allowed to travel elsewhere,” he said.
He also pointed out that the ministry’s concern about increasing cases in the Klang Valley warranted stronger and active investigation.
“Our concern is the high population density and the frequent movements of people from one place to another.
“Those who go from the red zones of Sabah to other places, for example, have to test.
“But for red zones in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, we don’t have control over six million people to get in and out.
“Those infected will spread the disease when they go to green areas,” he said, adding that the conditional MCO was introduced to limit travel.
Dr. Noor Hisham noted that in states with improved situations, the conditional MCO, which runs until December 6, may end earlier.
“Although it will be implemented for a month, we will revise it after two weeks.
“States like Kedah, Perak, Melaka and Johor – if there is good progress there, we may end the conditional MCO sooner,” he said.
Malaysia registered 919 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, with one more fatality, a 66-year-old man from Sabah.
Sabah saw 319 new infections, while Negri Sembilan and Klang Valley each saw 240 new cases and 224 new cases, respectively.
There were 996 recovery movements recorded, although 92 people were being treated in intensive care, 35 of which required ventilation support.
Dr. Noor Hisham also said three clusters have ended in Sabah, Kedah and Penang, while a new cluster, the Teluk cluster, has been identified in Sabah.
In the meantime, he also reminded Malaysians to be wary of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in conjunction with World Diabetes Day tomorrow, which also falls on Deepavali.
He said nurses play an important role in diabetes prevention, screening, treatment and recovery.
“Since we are fighting Covid-19, we must remember that NCDs must also be controlled,” he said, adding that 3.8 million Malaysians have diabetes.