If the SOPs are not adhered to, the RT is expected to rise again to over 1.0, says Adham. (Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

PUTRAJAYA (March 15): The Ministry of Health (MoH) expects daily Covid-19 positive cases to be around 500 in May, depending on the people’s level of compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the projection was made based on the declining infectivity rate (Rt) or R-naught (R0), which was at 0.87 yesterday compared with 0.9 on Feb 28.

“However, if the SOPs are not adhered to, the RT is expected to rise again to over 1.0, likewise the number of daily positive cases,” he said at a news conference on developments of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme here today.

Adham said that up to yesterday, most states had achieved an RT of below 1.0, except for Terengganu and Penang.

On the incidence of Covid-19 cases based on districts in the peninsula, he said for the period of Feb 28 to March 14, the number of districts in green zones increased to 11 from six.

The districts included four in Kedah, two each in Pahang and Perak, and one each in Kelantan, Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan.

In the same period, the number of districts in red zones dropped to 35 from 42, and increased from 31 districts to 37 in yellow zones.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-moh-expects-daily-cases-be-around-500-may