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Maintain three lines of protection to prevent spike in Covid-19, say China’s experts

02 May 2020 / 21:42 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia must safeguard its transportation hubs, hospitals and community to prevent an exponential surge in Covid-19 cases after the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) kicks in on Monday, according to China’s medical experts.

They said these three lines of protection are vital to prevent infections from spiking after being brought under control.

Associate professor, postgraduate supervisor, associate chief physician of ICU, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Dr Wen Miaoyun, said one way to achieve this was to expand the coverage of antigen rapid test kits.

The country should also make use of information technology to monitor health conditions, such as QRHealth Code which was widely used in China, he said.

“It is very hard for us to predict whether there will be a second wave. Currently, the situation in Malaysia is stabilising, and also is showing a sign of decline,” he said during an exclusive interview with Bernama at the Chinese embassy here today.

Speaking through a translator, he said there is a need to pay attention to prevention of the epidemic while lifting the restricting measures of the MCO.

Another expert, doctor and postdoctoral researcher of Sun Yat-sen University, Dr Sun Jiufeng, said the authorities should do more testing on those with Covid-19 symptoms, who have been into pandemic-stricken areas or are close contacts of patients.

“The lifting of MCO and the restoration of social-economic activities should be in accordance with the risk level. In China, every area has been categorised into either high, moderate or low risk.

“So, therefore, MCO and its restriction measures should be adjusted in accordance with the development of the situation in Malaysia,” he added.

“We also did follow-ups and interviewed the patients on whether their symptoms escalated again or whether they have infected any more people after they were discharged,” he said.

He said although some patients tested positive again, their infectivity was relatively low. — Bernama

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