Spike in Negri due to more testing, says exco man


SEREMBAN: The spike in Covid-19 cases in the state has been attributed to the increase in targeted testing among workers, especially in the industrial sector, says state health committee chairman S. Veerapan.

He said the surge was also due to more testing of close contacts and symptom-based screening carried out by the health authorities.

“The increase is also due to import cases from neighbouring states.

“We have locals who travel inter-state to work and they have come back and infected their families,” he said in a statement.

Negri Sembilan registered 618 cases on June 12, making it the state with the second highest number of cases.

On June 11, there were 685 cases, June 10 (593), June 9 (507), June 8 (505) and June 7 (571).

A total 33,451 cases have been reported in the state since the pandemic started.

As of June 12, some 5,373 people were still undergoing treatment with 208 deaths recorded.

Veerapan said new cases were also being detected from clusters which existed before the lockdown.

However, he said the infectivity rate (Rt) in the state had reduced from 1.23 on June 5 to 1.05 on June 12.

“The health authorities will continue to carry out more testing so that we can effectively break the chain of infection.

“At the same time, we will also increase the capacity at our health facilities to ensure we can receive and treat more cases,” he said.

He added that four government hospitals had been turned into Covid-19 treatment facilities.

There are also three government Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centres and three more run by the private sector.

“All close contacts who are negative have been told to quarantine at home and if this is not possible, we will take them to the quarantine centres,” he said.

Veerapan said there were five quarantine centres in the state of which two are government training institutes and two hotels.

The state health authorities, he said, would also work closely with the private centres to expedite the vaccination programme.

He said the enhanced movement control order would also be imposed in areas which report a high number of cases such as Kampung Bangkahulu, Simpang Juasseh and Kampung Lakai.

“We hope that the people will strictly adhere to the Covid-19 prevention procedures so that we can reduce the number of cases.

“Please just stay at home if you have no pressing matters to attend to,” he said.

The people, he said, should stop receiving guests at their homes, shop online rather than physically go to the store and keep in touch with their friends and relatives through the phone or virtually.

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