Movements during festival, crossing state borders among factors in spread of Covid-19, says Deputy Health DG

Deputy Health DG Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong (Far Left) briefing on Covid-19 situation at a press conference today.

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 8 – The rise in Covid-19 positive cases is the result of accumulation in infections that had set in two weeks to a month ago, says Deputy Health director-general and Head of the Greater Klang Valley Task Force Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong.

Commenting on the rise in cases where numbers have gone above 20,000 this week, he attributed the relaxation a month ago of the Movement Control Order 3.0 (MCO 3.0), the easing of the economic sector at the same time and events of a festival that saw people moving within the states and across state borders as factors to the surge in cases.

What is being seen is the effects of these factors following the incubation period of the infections, he said, adding that the highly infectious and aggressive Delta strain in the midst was also adding up the cases.

It is for this reason that the task force was formed, to ensure that the healthcare system is not overloaded by the impact of rising cases.

“We have managed to take the strain of this increasing level of cases over the weeks.”

While the Klang Valley had higher cases in the recent weeks, this is also the case now in other states.