"RTKs that trace the antibodies cannot detect the virus for rapid confirmation of infection. So it can't be used to help in the early detection of COVID-19. Therefore, RTKs that trace antibodies are not recommended for the purpose of COVID-19 diagnosis," MoH director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.
Of the new infections, 43 have been traced to the Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling tabligh or religious gathering.
Notably, the number of cases has tripled from 490 a week ago.
In a statement today, Kossan group managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Tan Sri Lim Kuang Sia said the company continues to ensure the supply of personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves remains uninterrupted.
Petaling Jaya in Selangor has 96 cases, making it the area with the highest number of confirmed infections in Malaysia, while Lembah Pantai here has 90 cases.
Selangor remains the state with the highest recorded cases, at 263, followed by Kuala Lumpur (139), Sabah (119) and Johor (114).
“I appeal to the public and patients to please be truthful and not to hide information and risk our lives and facilities."