For three days in a row, Malaysia has been shaken with the number of new COVID-19 daily cases exceeding 5,000. Our country reported 5,298 new cases today (January 31).
In a statement released by the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia via Facebook today, the situation was caused by late reporting of cases to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), which include those reported positive of the virus last year.
“The sharp increase was due to targeted workplace screenings, close contact screenings and high-risk group screenings which were executed on major scales at a few states.
“There were also late reports of confirmed cases by registered private facilities such as clinics and private hospitals using the Public Health Laboratory Information System (SIMKA).
“However, appropriate actions had already been taken on the cases by respective district health offices such as isolation, treatment of positive cases, close contact screening and active case screenings.
MOH conveyed their appreciation to private facilities utilising SIMKA for immediate case reporting and also to MySejahtera users who made personal reports to inform their COVID-19 test status.
“We will work hand-in-hand with all related parties to ensure that issues of late confirmed cases reporting are handled in the soonest time possible to help control the COVID-19 outbreak in the country,” the statement added.