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Health ministry monitoring hospitals as Covid infectivity rate rises to 1.0

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin urges those who have been given appointments for booster shots to take them.

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The health ministry is monitoring hospitals and other leading indicators as the country’s Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) increases to 1.0.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a Twitter post today also urged those who have been given an appointment for a Covid-19 booster dose to take it.

“The elderly, where possible, should avoid crowded places. Practise #TRIIS (test, report, isolate, inform, seek),” he said.

The Rt value refers to the level of infectivity of Covid-19, that is the number of cases that can be infected by one positive case.

Meanwhile, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the increase in Rt to 1.0 means that the daily tally pattern of Covid-19 cases will be flattened.

“Our concern is if the daily tally were on the rise,” he said.

In a Twitter post, Noor Hisham also urged the public to continue complying with the SOPs and the vulnerable to attend their appointments for booster shots.

He also expressed concern over the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country over the past four days with 6,323 new cases reported on Thursday.

Prior to this, the country’s daily tally of Covid-19 xases had shown a declining trend with only 4,343 new cases reported on Sunday.

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