SHAH ALAM, Jan 30 — The surge in COVID-19 cases in Selangor announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday, was due to the backlog of cases from the screening at factories, prisons, clinics, and private hospitals, that were not reported in real-time.
Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in a statement today said, the backlog of cases was over the past 10 days.
“To overcome this problem, the Selangor State Health Department (JKNS) will impose compounds on private clinics or hospitals that do not report positive cases directly on the same day through the Public Health Laboratory Information System (SIMKA),” he said.
Amirudin said the issue was brought up by JKNS at the State Security Special Committee Meeting for COVID-19 Control yesterday, following the sharp increase in daily new COVID-19 cases as announced by the MOH.
At the same time, he said, the state government would implement the ‘Preventing Outbreak at Ignition Site’ (POIS) programme in factories statewide, as they have been identified as the cause of widespread COVD-19 transmission.
He said POIS would be implemented in collaboration with JKNS, Selgate Corporation Sdn Bhd, all local authorities (PBT) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).
Amirudin said the state government had also proposed that the federal government take firm action by closing factories that hide positive cases on their premises and do not cooperate in close contact tracking.
Meanwhile the state government also plans to increase the number of COVID-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) especially in Petaling, Hulu Langat and Gombak districts and the role of these centres was to assess COVID-19 patients and classify them according to certain categories before they are taken to quarantine centres or hospitals for further treatment.
In addition, Amirudin said the Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) would be able toaccommodate an additional 6,000 patients with the provision of more facilities including intensive care unit (ICU) tents and medical equipment.
Amirudin called on the public to join hands in breaking the COVID-19 chain of infection by adhering strictly to the set standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“Continue to wear face masks and take heed to physical distancing. Selangor is our responsibility. With this spirit of togetherness we will be able to break the infection chain,” he said
Yesterday (Jan 29), the country recorded the highest daily positive cases at 5,725 with Selangor registering 3,126, followed by Kuala Lumpur (687 cases), and Johor (684 cases).