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Don't 'Balik Kampung', Health DG Urges Malaysians as COVID-19 Numbers Spike

  • 24 Nov 2020
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Do not "balik kampung" for the year-end holidays if you'd like your loved ones to stay healthy. 

That's the advice by Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to Malaysians, as COVID-19 cases continues to spike. 

"Well out advice is don't balik kampung. This is because you can carry the infection from the red to the green zone," Malay Mail quoted Noor Hisham telling during his daily press conference, yesterday. 

According to Noor Hisham, the Health Ministry is in the midst of developing guidelines for states and districts to use to protect green zones from turning to red. 

Under the ministry's classification, a green zone is an area with no active COVID-19 case, while a red zone is one that has more than 40 active cases. 

Statistics has shown that the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19 are the elderly, who have a 64% mortality rate, as well as those with comordibity issues, who have a 87% mortality rate from the disease. 

Thus, preventing "balik kampung" is crucial to prevent these vulnerable groups from falling victim to the infection, he added. 

A record-high of 1,884 new COVID-19 cases was recorded yesterday - with Selangor leading the charge with 1,203 infections. 

Of the 1,203 infections, 1,067 are from the Teratai cluster, which is linked to the world's largest glove manufacturer Top Glove Corp Bhd, in Kapar, Klang. 

The authorities will close down 28 factories belonging to Top Glove in Kapar, in stages, to allow the screening of their workers. 

Noor Hisham also yesterday announced that the Teratai cluster has spread beyond the factory workers' circle, as some workers were staying at their own houses with their families. 

As of yesterday, there are 56,659 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 337 deaths. 

The global coronavirus infection and death tally has surpassed 59.4 million, and 1.4 million, respectively. The global recovery rate, meanwhile, stands at 41.1 million. 


Source: Malay Mail
Photo source: Astro Awani



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