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Covid-19: Malaysia likely to stick to targeted testing

Airline passengers undergoing rapid testing at Dubai's international airport.

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PUTRAJAYA — April 22, 2020: Malaysia is relying on the good results from targeted testing so far and is likely to stick to this, despite reservations from some people who favour more mass testing.

In this regard, Health director-general Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah asked if screening a country of 32 million people is feasible.

“I think we will still maintain our targeted approach, which is based on location and high-risk groups.

“In high-risk locations, we advise the government to impose an enhanced movement control order and we do mass testing in that location. This approach produces a high-impact and good outcome in a short period of time,” said Noor Hisham.

He added that South Korea, often lauded for its testing success, did not do mass screening either.

According to him, Malaysia’s daily testing capacity is at 11,456 from 43 laboratories, with another five labs to be added.

The rapid test kits ordered from South Korea will be placed at both the KL International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA 2. These kits can produce results within 30 to 45 minutes.

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