KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) must conduct detailed investigations first before declaring on the MySejahtera app a particular location as a Covid-19 hotspot, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained today.
The Health director-general said coronavirus hotspots listed on the hotspot tracker of MOH’s Covid-19 management app were based on the location of positive cases and locations with the potential for spread of the disease.
“MOH needs to conduct risk assessment and look at the infectivity rate before saying that a particular place has the potential for the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.
He also thanked shopping centres that recently issued statements about the discovery of Covid-19 cases in their premises.
“We also want to remind the public to only share verified information to avoid sparking anxiety in the community.”
MySejahtera said in a statement yesterday that the app marks locations on its hotspot tracker based on the source of infection, after thorough investigation by health authorities.
Five shopping centres in the Klang Valley — The Linc KL, Suria KLCC, NU Sentral, KL Gateway Mall, and Sunway Pyramid — and Aeon Nilai in Negri Sembilan reported Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks, but those malls did not show up on MySejahtera’s hotspot tracker. (KL Gateway Mall said the suspected case in its premises later turned out negative, but the other five shopping centres reported one positive case each).