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Covid-19: Three-digit spike in cases not due to Hari Raya celebrations, interstate travel, says MOH

KUALA LUMPUR (May 26): The country witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases back to three figures of 172 yesterday but the Health Ministry has assured that it is not due to Hari Raya celebrations and interstate travel, the Malay Mail reported.

“It has no connection to the relaxation of interstate trips given to certain individuals and Hari Raya celebrations. Because the incubation period is 14 days, the effect of crossing state borders with permission or without permission can only be seen 14 days from now.

“The same with the permission for Hari Raya visits. If many do not comply with SOP, the cases can increase by many times more and this can be seen in 14 days from now,” the Health Ministry said in a Facebook posting.

“This increase has caused worry and some claim that the permission to cross state borders for certain individuals with the reasons of work and emergencies as a cause.

“There are also those who blame Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations that do not comply with SOP,” the ministry added.

Yesterday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that with the Covid-19 screenings and tests being conducted for immigration detention depot staff and detainees, his ministry expects to see “an increase in new cases in the coming days”.

“But most importantly, they have been contained and isolated, and those who tested positive have been brought to the hospital for treatment. Once they are negative, they will be quarantined at a designated space,” he said.

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