Published on August 9, 2020
1. MUHAMMAD RAZNISYAFIQ BIN RAZAK (GS50309) Report on the current situation of COVID-19 in Malaysia ESC5515 Environmental Risk Assessment: Final Exam (Question 4) Faculty of Forestry and Environment
2. Current Status of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia
3. Latest news (25 July): Malaysia recorded 23 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending noon today, with two new clusters detected, bringing the country's confirmed infections to 8,884.
4. • Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that six of the cases are imported and 17 are local transmissions. • Health authorities have also identified two new case clusters, one at a religious center in Johor state and another at a construction company in the northern Borneo state of Sarawak.
5. Sarawak is currently facing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with 10 new cases reported today, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairperson Douglas Uggah Embas. Uggah, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister I, said the double- digit increase shows that people in the state need to be more disciplined and comply with every directive.
6. 2nd Wave of Covid 19 in Malaysia?
7. How Malaysia Deal with the 2nd Wave of Covid-19
8. • PKPP (10 Jun – 31 August 2020) has been started in Malaysia with less restricted SOP
9. • Malaysia started to open several places to public under PKPP (10 Jun – 31 August 2020.
10. • Government has established comprehensive SOP to ensure the safety and to prevent Covid-19 spread (http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/faqsop/sop- pkp-pemulihan)
11. • The government always reminds Malaysian to be careful and always follow the SOP (Infographic & Personal massage though phone).
12. Dr Awatef Amer Nordin from the Institute for Health Systems Research (IHSR) at the Ministry of Health (MOH) told a webinar hosted recently by MOH that the Covid-19 pandemic was a massive event for the country, where the challenges were taken head on by health authorities with a “half glass full” approach “So, what happened was looking at the glass as half full, realising that we are limited in terms of human resources and in terms of medical equipment supplies, et cetera, but optimising what we have, so certain initiatives were taken to overcome challenges,” said Dr Awatef. “With regards to the primary care involvement in Malaysia, all of the care providers were mobilised, regardless of whether they’re in hospital care or in primary care. (They are) involved in certain programmes such as, even in terms of creating guidelines, involved in mobilisation or human resources, planning for procurement of supplies
13. Fighting misinformation • Some people have been arrested for allegedly spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 17, 2020, police and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have opened 265 investigations on COVID-19 related fake news. A total of 30 people have been charged, 11 were served with a warning notice and 18 others pleaded guilty. • Malaysian authorities on Tuesday launched an investigation into a TV documentary by Qatari state-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera on the alleged mass arrests of migrant workers in Malaysia during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdowns. • Officials said the film report, titled “Locked up in Malaysia’s Lockdown” and produced by Al Jazeera’s 101 East news program, had been an attempt to sully Malaysia’s international image.
14. Increase the Covid-19 tests • Testing is an essential component of effective outbreak responses. Without widespread testing, we cannot know whether a disease is spreading nor take measures to appropriately respond to it. “All countries should be able to test all suspected cases, they cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded, they should know where the cases are, and that is how they can take decisions,” said Dr Tedros, WHO Director General. Guidelines on laboratory testing for Covid-19 in Malaysia
15. • “We spent a few billion to rejuvenate the economy, but the government must spend more money on this matter to ensure effective testing, like what Gopeng mentioned. It must be more widespread and testing data must be reported to the people.” • Anwar and Dr Lee also highlighted the impact of Covid-19 on people with other diseases, such as delayed treatment for cancer patients up to six months, according to the National Cancer Society of Malaysia. • Dr Lee pointed out that the United Kingdom suffered an increase in the mortality rate by 25 per cent during the coronavirus outbreak, involving people dying from diseases other than Covid-19. In Indonesia, each person who died from Covid-19 saw eight extra deaths from other illnesses like cancer or heart disease because of constraints in the health care system. • “When we look at the impact of Covid-19, it’s not just the direct impact from the pandemic, but the indirect impact from limitations on health care systems.”
16. • Malaysia are prepared and in a frontline for covid-19 vaccine
17. Malaysia United!!!
18. • The World Brands Foundation (TWBF) has acknowledged Health director- general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah's leadership and his team's hard work in effectively managing the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. • The Health Ministry was presented with the BrandLaureate Awards' "Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation" today for its success in flattening the Covid-19 curve. • Dr Noor Hisham was also awarded the BrandLaureate "Outstanding Brand Leadership Award 2020". World Acknowledgement
19. • The Ministry of Health in its effort to counter COVID-19 infection also set up a provisional hospital in the Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in coordination with The National Disaster Management Agency. This makeshift hospital, which was initially Malaysia's largest convention centre, is equipped with computers, televisions, Wi-Fi connection, a lounge area, and some other basic facilities for use by patients and medical staff. This hospital is to be used as a quarantine and treatment centre for low-risk patients, and 604 beds have been prepared to cater for conﬁrmed cases with or without symptoms of COVID-19
20. • Another measure taken by the MoH to cushion the impact of COVID-19 was the setting up of a special fund known as the COVID-19 Fund, to raise money to be channelled to patients, particularly those affected ﬁnancially due to the quarantine procedure. This fund initially received RM 1 million from the government and private sectors. NGOs and individuals were welcomed and encouraged to direct their contributions too. Through this fund, RM 100 was given daily to those who had no source of income throughout the quarantine and treatment processes. In addition, the money collected was used to cover medical expenses such as buying crucial equipment and other supplies
21. • One of the initiatives agreed after the Economic Action Council meeting held on March 23, 2020 was the allocation of RM 600 million to the MoH to battle COVID-19. According to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, RM 500 million would be utilized to buy ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) and another RM 100 million would be used to appoint 2000 nurses on a contract basis (Yusof, 2020).
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