MOH Won’t Update Coloured Covid-19 Zones Anymore

Some Muslim and Christian places of worship have been opened based on coronavirus green zones.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has ceased updating the public on districts delineated according to the number of Covid-19 cases from today.

An MOH official told the media in MOH’s press WhatsApp group that further details would be announced after getting a response from the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), when asked if there were insufficient cases for the zoning or if MOH would use a different classification.

“No more update on red zone, yellow, orange, green,” said the MOH official, when asked for today’s zoning updates.

MOH has been classifying various districts according to red (41 cases and above), yellow (one to 40 cases), and green (zero cases), based on cumulative and active infectious cases. Active infectious cases refer to people infected with coronavirus who are all currently placed in hospital, regardless if they need treatment.

According to MOH’s zoning update as of May 16, with 1,247 active coronavirus cases, Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, and Labuan were fully green, reporting no active cases. All Perak districts were green except for Manjung with two active cases. All Terengganu districts were green except for Besut with four active cases. All Putrajaya precincts recorded zero active cases, except for Precinct 1 and Precinct 3 with six cases and one case respectively.

The only red districts in Malaysia with above 40 active coronavirus cases were Petaling, Selangor, with 48 active cases; Batu (58), Ibu Kota (67), Kampung Baru (72), and Pudu (50) in Kuala Lumpur; Rembau, Negri Sembilan (160); and Kuching, Sarawak (48).

Most districts in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Negri Sembilan, and Pahang were yellow with 40 active Covid-19 cases or below. All Melaka districts were yellow. A minority of districts in Sarawak and Sabah were yellow, with the others recording zero active cases, except for the red zone of Kuching.

Certain Muslim religious authorities, like in the Federal Territories, as well as the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) that represents major Protestant churches, have announced the reopening of mosques and surau, as well as churches for prayers and worship services, based on green zones, subject to a limited number of individuals allowed in the places of worship.

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