Covid-19: Avoid all elections for now, says health DG

Dr Noor Hisham – Malaysiakinipix

By John Isaac

THE Health Ministry has reiterated that it is important to avoid any election for the time being to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry was always worried if any election, whether a by-election, state election or general election, were to be held.

He said this was proven with the spike in the number of positive cases in Sabah following the holding of the state election, recently.

“After the Sabah state election, we could see the cases increasing and this has made it difficult to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“If possible, it is crucial to avoid another election,” he said at a press conference on the developments of Covid-19, here, today.

Dr Noor Hisham was responding to the Proclamation of Emergency for the Batu Sapi parliamentary constituency by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, in effect deferring the by-election for the seat.

The Election Commission had initially set December 5 as polling day for the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat by-election.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the spike in Covid-19 positive cases on certain dates was due to the screening results of newly identified clusters such as the Damanlela Cluster at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur.

“What is certain is that, if we can identify a cluster and do contact tracing, God willing, it can be controlled.

“When we conduct screening, the number of cases would increase as what we could see in the prisons. So it would look like a jump in positive cases but this was not permanent, but due to the screening conducted,” he said. — Bernama