Dr Noor Hisham says surge in Covid-19 cases point to ‘new wave’

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham speaks during the Covid-19 press conference at the Ministry of Health October 1, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham speaks during the Covid-19 press conference at the Ministry of Health October 1, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

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PUTRAJAYA, Oct 1 — Malaysia could be seeing the start of a “new wave” in Covid-19 infections, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today after announcing a surge in daily cases to 260 nationwide.

The Health director-general urged the public to do their part to prevent the contagion from spreading further by vigilantly following the Health Ministry’s advice on hygiene and physical distancing.

“Then the second issue is with regards to the projection, if we look at the chart, we have increased cases lately, and that probably is the beginning of a new wave,” he said in a press conference here.

“However, the onus is on us whether we can flatten the curve again,” he added when asked the ministry’s projection on when the country’s Covid-19 cases would hit its peak.

All but one of today’s 260 cases were locally-transmitted. The exception who was infected while abroad was a returnee from the United Kingdom.

Dr Noor Hisham said that from the 259 local transmissions, 31 had travelled to Sabah recently, bringing the cases from the Borneo state since September to 119 cases.

The total number who are currently infected is 1,334 cases.

The last time the infection cases recorded the highest spike, was on June 4, with 277 cases.

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