IPOH: The state health department has been taking drastic steps to increase Covid-19 testing within the community to prevent the spread of the virus, says Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming.
The department’s director said she was aware of a video that had gone viral last Sunday (Nov 15), where residents of Taman Meru 2C near here were seen lining up for Covid-19 tests.
Dr Ding said until Nov 17, a total of 885 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Perak, with nine deaths.
“In the third wave during the recent conditional movement control order (MCO) Perak recorded 616 cases and three deaths. We are taking drastic action to curb the spread of the virus with the recent spike in cases, ” she said in a statement.
Dr Ding also said that all positive cases are being monitored closely, adding that 53 cases were reported in Ipoh over the last 14 days.
She said contact tracing is being carried out for each of the positive cases, and tests conducted for the close contact who is then placed at designated quarantine centres.
“For localities identified with worrying infection rates, prevention activities are being strengthened.
Health checks on high risk residents will be carried out, and Covid-19 samples will be taken, ” said Dr Ding.
She added that residents in the area will be issued with a Home Surveillance Order until the results are out.
Dr Ding said all health facilities with Ipoh have been told to enhance Covid-19 testing, especially for those patients with upper respiratory tract infections.
“Please continue to follow all standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of the virus, ” she added.