The Selangor government will hold mass COVID-19 screenings for its residents, as the state continues the lead the list of the places worst-hit by the pandemic.

According to a report in Free Malaysia Today (FMT), the mass screening will begin in Kajang and Semenyih on May 8, and will go on until June 10.

The exercise will involve two state constituencies every day, and tests will be done using the rapid antigen test kits (RTK).

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari was quoted saying by the portal that the screening to is to detect "silent carriers" who were unaware they had the virus, but had the potential to transmit it to high-risk groups.

Yesterday, Selangor again recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 675. Cases in the state have breached the 1,000 mark in the past week.

Senior minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced yesterday that six districts in Selangor, namely Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat, and Sepang, will be placed under the Movement Control Order (MCO) for two weeks, beginning May 6 (Thursday) until May 17, 2021.

In the six affected states, inter-district travel will be banned.

Malaysia has consistently recorded high cases of COVID-19 in the last few weeks. Yesterday, 3,120 new cases and 23 deaths were reported, bringing the total number of infections and fatalities in the country to 420,632, and 1,574, respectively.

The global coronavirus infection and death tally has breached 154 million and 3.24 million, respectively.

Source: Free Malaysia Today
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