KUALA LUMPUR — April 2, 2020: The World Health Organisation expects the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to peak in mid-April, with signs that the infection curve is flattening.
In reaction, the Health Ministry says it is bracing for this likelihood and in fact shares the same prediction and has taken mitigating measures.
“What WHO said is exactly what we predicted. We know we have citizens coming back from overseas and we fear that we would see an increase in imported cases.
“That is why we implemented the movement control order. With this, we are able to trace cases, especially at hotspots earlier,” health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah.
A Reuters report quoted WHO’s head of mission and representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Ying-Ru Lo as saying that the number of critically ill patients was estimated to reach the peak within the next week, but added that the projection could change.
“There are initial signs of flattening of the curve but this could bounce back if control measures are lifted and if people don’t continue to take protective measures,” Lo said.
Lo added that data on new infections so far and additional surveillance measures did not suggest widespread community transmission in the country.