BY Fadley Faisal & Farhan Julaihi
The country will not see an end to the COVID-19 outbreak if the society does not play its part in mitigating the spread, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said.
Asked during on Monday’s press conference if the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) case projections from two weeks ago had changed due to a recent spike in cases, the minister said that the latest spike in cases involve private residences.
It was previously mentioned that cases are expected to increase up to mid-September until a downward trend can be seen. He said that there are still people making “unnecessary” visits to relatives.
The minister said that on Monday’s cases and new clusters saw 10 to 15 individuals infected from house to house and not “from any institution nor dormitory”.
“It was mainly from people’s personal houses,” he added.
He also said, “In the face of an increasing number of cases and clusters, the MoH would like to remind the public to once again to not leave the house unless it is for something important.”
Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said while visits to parents were not “discouraged”, those making trips should be vaccinated as there are elderly who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons.
However, the minister also cautioned that “the vaccine itself does not prevent us from contracting the disease as breakthrough infections can occur.
“So even if they are vaccinated, they can still be a carrier of the virus”.
Carriers will “further spread it to the family members in the same household.
“What is feared is they will spread to the elderly.
“Whether or not they are already vaccinated, if it is unnecessary to visit them then don’t
The minister said, “If the parents have someone already taking care of them then it is best to not visit them at this point in time.
“There are a lot of convenience means to communicate with your parents such as video calling.”
“If no one is there to look after them then you can visit them but don’t visit them in a large number,” he said, adding that it is advised for two people to visit at a time.
— Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin