As COVID-19 cases and bodies from the disease continue to pile up, the Health Ministry is seeking volunteers to help handle the crisis in the Klang Valley.

In a statement yesterday, Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force commander Dr Chong Chee Keong said assistance is needed for the following six tasks:

1) Verifying new positive cases (via phone call)
2) Contact tracing (via phone call)
3) Data management (Microsoft Excel/Word)
4) Assisting administrative tasks
5) Helping healthcare workers at healthcare facilities by monitoring and providing non-clinical care to warded patients
6) Managing the bodies of COVID-19 victims at the Forensics Department.

If you are interested to volunteer, you can do so by registering HERE.

The Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force was established on July 12 to handle the worsening COVID-19 crisis in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Southern Perak, and West Pahang.

Meanwhile, Chong, who is also Health deputy director-general, yesterday urged the public to not be alarmed if the number of daily COVID-19 cases increase further in the next few days.

This as the Health Ministry is encouraging more self-testing and the use of RTK-Antigen (RTK-Ag) to detect the virus, The Star quoted him saying in a statement.

The numbers, however, are expected to gradually come down in the weeks to come as the positive cases are identified and isolated, he added.

According to Chong, the numbers are still rising in the Greater Klang Valley despite the ramping up of the vaccination, as many asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals, who are unaware of the infection, are still spreading the virus.

The highly transmissible Delta variant has also contributed to the situation, he added.

Malaysia has consistently recorded high numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily.

Yesterday, 17,405 new cases and 143 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of infections and fatalities from the disease to 1.06 million, and 8,551, respectively.

The global coronavirus infection and death tally has surpassed 196 million, and 4.2 million, respectively.

Source: KKM Facebook, The Star
Photo source: Astro Awani