PUTRAJAYA — May 12, 2020: The Health Ministry will step up surveillance to monitor infections in the community to try and detect possible cases early.
The surveillance will include sampling patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) in sentinel locations and those with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
According to Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, as of the 18th week of the pandemic, 9,010 samples from such patients were taken, of which 81 or 0.9% were positive. For comparison, 8.7% were positive as of the 13th week.
Screening was also conducted on the ministry’s staff, with 11,470 samples taken as of today, with 65 found to be positive.
Of 8,528 other hospital patients screened, seven were found to be positive.
Noor Hisham said 25,156 foreigners have so far been screened, with 1,211 positive.