The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Malaysia has not entered fourth wave – Adham


KOTA TINGGI: The fourth wave of Covid-19 will only happen if cases involving domestic or local transmissi­on record zero in the current third wave, before the number of cases increases sharply the next day.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said currently the country has not entered the fourth wave of Covid-19 as we have yet to succeed in zeroing cases in the third wave.

“In the last three weeks the number of cases we have recorded has yet to show a decline during the third wave of Covid-19. It has not yet entered the fourth wave.

“The fourth wave of Covid-19 can only occur if the third wave has reached the ‘baseline’ or zero and then the transmissi­on starts again,” he told Bernama when met at Surau As-Syakirin, Taman Sri Saujana, on Saturday.

Dr Adham said the probabilit­y of Malaysia experienci­ng a fourth wave of Covid-19 would be in the event of a decline in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) among the public, resulting in the emergence of new clusters.

He said that among the factors causing the increase in cases this time were activities in early April, including weddings and gatherings, as well as sending children to schools and universiti­es in different states.

For the record, the new daily cases rose to 2,551 on Friday and the number remains above 2,000 on Saturday at 2,331.

On July 1 last year, Malaysia managed to record the lowest daily number of Covid-19 cases, with only one new case reported during the second wave of the pandemic and no cases of infection within the country, either among Malaysians or foreigners.

Malaysia, which was hit by the third wave of Covid-19 starting on Sept 20 last year, started to record four-digit daily cases on Oct 24, at 1,228.

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