Kelantan records highest infectivity rate in Malaysia

KOTA BARU (Bernama): Kelantan on Sunday (April 18) recorded the highest Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) or R-nought (R0) in the country, at 1.32, compared with the national rate of 1.19.

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Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said that this was due to a drastic surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, forcing the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in seven districts in the state from Friday until April 29.

To date, he said that the results of tests on 2,627 samples had yet to be obtained.

Even more worryingly, beds at hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC) were filled.

“A total of 23% of cases detected did not involve close contacts, which indicates that community infection is very high.

“Schools in MCO areas have been ordered to close as 30% of the infections involving school staff. Several measures will be taken to overcome the proliferation of Covid-19 at places of work, schools, mosques and communities,” he said in a statement here Sunday.

Ahmad said that the state government also urged Muslims in the state to hold solat hajat (prayers) in mosques and at home to curb the spread of Covid-19.

He said that Muslims were also asked to increase the reading of the Quran, and to give alms during the period.

On Saturday (April 17), Kelantan recorded 225 new cases and 28 active clusters.

Earlier, the Kelantan Education Department directed all schools and educational institutions in seven districts under MCO to be closed from Sunday until April 24. – Bernama