Malaysia braces for possible winter virus case spike

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is already looking four months ahead by preparing for a possible spike of COVID-19 infections due to winter weather conditions in several other parts of the world.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although the country’s infection rate is now under control, developments in other countries, such as what happened in India, Korea, Japan, Spain and France that saw an increase in cases during cold weather conditions must be considered.

“So, our concern is that there would be an increase in cases during that period and due to this we have to make preparations,” he told Bernama when met after attending the National Day 2020 celebrations at Dataran Pahlawan Negara yesterday.

At the same time, Dr Noor Hisham said a mutation of the COVID-19 virus has made it more infectious and as such, he urged the people to always be on their guard and strictly comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He said as there is still no proven vaccine in sight, the ministry would continue to carry out control measures.