Malaysian Epidemiologists Advise Precautions as COVID-19 Positivity Rates Remain High

Malaysia is currently experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 infections, and experts are warning citizens to take precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe… 

According to Chee Hui Yee, an associate professor of virology at Universiti Putra Malaysia, the situation is currently manageable, but everyone should be prepared for the worst. 

She advises anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to get tested immediately and self-isolate if they test positive. Additionally, individuals with symptoms should wear masks and avoid socializing or going to crowded places.

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Some experts are suggesting that people self-test before returning to school after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, which may have contributed to a shortage of test kits. 

Epidemiologist Professor Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud has noted that COVID-19 tests are showing positive results at a very high rate, based on data from April 22. He warns that the number of cases could be an underestimate, as there is no data available on tests conducted since that date.

Despite the concerning rise in COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Dr. Zaliha Mustafa has reassured the public that only 12 cases of the Arcturus variant have been reported in Malaysia. All patients were experiencing mild symptoms and were in stable condition.

The Ministry of Health's data indicates a significant increase in COVID-19 infections in the two weeks leading up to April 8, with a 87.5% increase in cases and a 30.5% increase in hospital admissions. The number of deaths also increased by 25% during this time.

As the pandemic continues to affect Malaysia, it is important for everyone to do their part in preventing the spread of the virus. 

Wearing masks, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, and getting tested if symptoms arise are just a few ways we can all help to keep ourselves and our communities safe.