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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today assured Malaysians that government hospitals are capable of treating Covid-19 cases even as new infections continue to top the 1,000-mark daily.

Dr Noor Hisham said government hospitals were not yet at maximum capacity.

He said that hospitals in Selangor — which continue to register the highest number of cases today — are only at 59 per cent of their bed capacity at the moment.

He added that occupancy in government hospitals nationwide is currently at 81 per cent and 58 per cent occupancy at the Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-risk Treatment Centres (PKRC).

He added that it is 84 per cent occupancy at the National Leprosy Control Centre in Sungai Buloh, Selangor and 71 per cent at the Health Ministry training institute, also in Sungai Buloh.

However, he said the Health Ministry is considering letting people diagnosed with Covid-19 spend their quarantine at home instead.

He added that it would be subject to several factors, including the size of the house and the ability of officials to monitor the patient’s health progress.

“Our policy is still the same. We will quarantine positive patients in the PKRC or hospitals, but we are considering whether we can quarantine positive patients at home,” he said in a news conference broadcasted from Putrajaya this evening.

“If we want to execute this, there are several criteria to abide by. Firstly, we have to assess the suitability of the homes, rooms, bathrooms and others.

“Secondly, we also have to view the health assessment tools and how our healthcare workers can monitor the health of someone who is home. So we are looking at the possibility, but we are not changing our policy as yet, that is we quarantine those who are tested positive in hospitals or PKRC,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He said the Health Ministry is also looking at the possibility of using work hostels as quarantine centres if cases increase further, such as had happened with the Teratai Cluster in Klang.

He cited Section 11(3c) of Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988) whereby hostels were used to house Covid-19 patients who displayed mild symptoms and were categorised as stage one or stage two of the virus infection.

“So this is one possibility which we can use to reduce the congestion in MAEPS for example,” he said, referring to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang, which is being used as a PKRC.

Dr Noor Hisham had yesterday advised those who have tested positive for Covid-19 but are asymptomatic to be isolated at home and stay in touch with their district health offices (PKD) as they may not be taken to government hospitals immediately.

He was responding to a complaint by a business owner who questioned the Health Ministry’s contact tracing processes via the MySejahtera app after three of her employees tested positive for Covid-19 but were not immediately contacted or taken to government hospitals.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry is currently dealing with a very high number of cases and logistics issues when it comes to ferrying patients to hospitals.

“The delay is because of an increase in patients who are detected to be positive,” he explained in today’s briefing.

“The capacity is still there to take in patients, but we are looking at the logistics to transfer them from their homes to hospitals. So there is some delay there and we advise those who are waiting to be patient and also isolate themselves from their family members, and also stay in contact with the PKD. Always be in contact with the PKD to get the latest information,” he added.


It is generally known that an individual with the Covid-19 virus could be infectious even if they do not show any symptoms of the disease. The World Health Organisation said that the incubation period of about 14 days is also known as the “presymptomatic” period when some infected persons can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

But Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says that individuals with Covid-19 who are asymptomatic do not have the potential to infect others. This is because they have a low ‘virus load’ as compared to those who are showing symptoms of the disease.

He went on to say, however, that an affected individual can be infectious two days before showing symptoms, reported The Star.

“So, we need to differentiate that the ones without symptoms do not have any problems as there’s no infectivity. But we found that those with symptoms and two days before having those symptoms, they could infect others,” he said at the Ministry of Health’s press conference on Sunday (31 May).

Dr Noor Hisham went on to say that in the first week of showing symptoms, the virus was active enough to infect others, but if the infected individual is isolated between eight and 10 days, or 14 days as the government is currently doing, the infectivity rate can be reduced to almost zero.

“As for those who are asymptomatic, perhaps they won’t be able to infect others within 14 days. But infection can happen two days before the symptomatic period. So, if we can isolate them we can break the Covid-19 chain of transmission,” he said.

Previously, Dr Noor Hisham said that Covid-19 patients will be discharged from the hospital after 14 days of isolation even if they still test positive, because they would no longer be infectious. He said that Covid-19 patients may still test positive after 14 days due to virus shedding or because the test detected a fragment of the dead virus.

Initially, the Ministry of Health had a protocol of discharging Covid-19 patients only if they test negative twice in a period of over 24 hours and later changed it to one negative being enough for a patient to be discharged.

However, after receiving information from WHO as well as research from other countries that infectivity declines after 14 days, a patient will get to go home while still testing positive at the end of their quarantine.


Will the current Conditional Movement Control Order, with its relaxed regulations, be extended, or will a decision be made to end it? Well, for those of you who have been waiting on an answer for this question, that would hinge on a number of factors, according to our Health Director-General, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

According to Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during his daily press briefing yesterday (7th May 2020), the decision to extend or end the CMCO period will depend on the current trend of cases seen both today and tomorrow, as well as the current rate of infection of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

“We are still monitoring the current CMCO period until 12th May. But on 8th and 9th May, the Ministry of Health will observe the trend, before advising the Prime Minister on the decisions he may make.”

“Whether the CMCO will end on 12th May or be extended, will depend on a few factors. It includes the number of daily Covid-19 cases recorded domestically, and the rate of infection, which currently stands at 1,584 cases.” he said.

Reports from Harian Metro have also mentioned that at this point in time, the Health Director-General has said that Malaysia has no plans to execute any ‘exit strategies’, despite the current trend of new cases having been reduced to consistent double-digits. This comes after a new cluster of Covid-19 patients was found among security guards in Cheras yesterday (7th May 2020).

Those who are infected within this new cluster have thankfully been identified by the Ministry of Health, and they will be quarantined and receive further treatment for their condition, as reported by Berita Harian.


Our Health DG, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, has pretty much been a national hero ever since the Covid-19 pandemic began. As everyone is well aware, due to his contributions, he was named one of the ‘top doctors’ in the world. His response to this title might actually make you respect him more!

Despite this being a notable achievement, he simply brushed off the title and instead said that the praise should be directed to the leaders and frontliners for battling the Covid-19 outbreak. He even thanked our PM, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for implementing the MCO.

“I see this as a recognition for the country, not for me.”

According to The Star, he was grateful to all the ministries and agencies for the MCO work. Not only that, he even thanked the police, the Armed Forces and the Immigration Department for their work at the border control.“It is not about me,” he simply said during his daily press conference yesterday.

A few days ago, he was named alongside America’s Dr Anthony Fauci and New Zealand’s Ashley Bloomfield as the top 3 doctors in the world when handling the Covid-19 pandemic. All three were lauded for their calm demeanor, and above all for being a trustworthy source of information for their respective countrymen, allowing the nation to continue making the right decisions when dealing with this pandemic.

We couldn’t be prouder of our Health DG on his accomplishments. The fact that he’s so humble about it is the cherry on top!


While the frontliners are up front in the battle field, Malaysians are required to adhere to the Movement Control Order (MCO) by staying at home and avoid unnecessary movements.

However, some Malaysians have proved from time and time again that they have failed to exercise their social responsibility in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sure, this pandemic brings out the best in humans such as kindness and generosity, but it also highlights the inherent problems that we still have in this society.

The lack of care and concern shown by some people is truly worrisome as the Director General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that there are some people who disobeyed the MCO to visit their relatives in the time of restricted movement.

According to Harian Metro, speaking in a press conference on 8 April, Dr Noor Hisham informed that the number of cars have also increased on the road, highlighting the fact that there are a lot of movements taking place.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that the number of arrests under MCO has increased 13 percent or 454 people on Tuesday (7 April) compared to 403 people arrested on Monday (6 April), reported Harian Metro.

To address the ongoing violations of the MCO, authorities were left with not much choices but to enforce stricter actions in hopes that the number of cases would go down.

According to the Star, the police will start issuing compound notices to MCO violators starting Wednesday (8 April). Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department Director, Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani stated that a RM1,000 compound will be slapped on those who violate the MCO and there will be no discounts.

This compound would not be issued at roadblocks but MCO violators would be taken to police stations or district police headquarters to be given the compound.

It is our responsibility to play our part and break the infection chains of the Covid-19 pandemic. We should be more considerate and aware that in these critical times our actions may affect other people too. So it would be wise for everyone to practice caution until this pandemic is over.