MOH: Focus now to protect Covid-19 patients with low immunity

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

A Giant hypermarket staff screens members of the public on day nine of the movement control order in Kuala Lumpur March 26, 2020. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

PUTRAJAYA, March 26 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today it is focusing efforts on treating Covid-19 patients with low immunity, as concern mounts that public hospitals may be overwhelmed by rising cases of infections.

“It’s our strategy to protect older patients because their immunity may be weaker, also those with history of chronic diseases like those undergoing chemotherapy or others,” its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a media briefing today.

The country’s new infection cases breached the 2,000th mark today, with 230 new cases reported and four more deaths, mostly linked to the mass tabligh gathering in Sri Petaling held earlier this month.

The mortality rate, however, remained low at 1.1 per cent, Dr Noor Hisham said.

The country’s official tally of Covid-19 infections hit 2,000 cases today, with over 230 new cases and four more deaths reported.

Infectious diseases experts have warned that Malaysia’s cases could peak in the next few weeks, with the number of infections possibly hitting 6,000 in a worst-case scenario before stabilising.

The government had said that the extension of the movement control order (MCO) announced yesterday is meant to stem and keep the infection rate as low as possible.

Meanwhile, the MOH has yet to give its own projection of infections expected in the next few weeks.

Dr Noor Hisham had told the daily media briefing yesterday that the ministry is battling hard to keep the infection curve low and hoped Malaysia will not hit 6,000 cases.

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