Malaysia needs to have less than 1,200 cases a day and fewer than 10 deaths a day for seven consecutive days if it wants to declare that it is in the endemic phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (GPS-Kanowit).
The Deputy Health Minister said the endemic status also required 30% hospital bed usage rates, less than 10% usage rates at ICUs and for low-risk quarantine and treatment centres to stop operating.
"There are seven indicators, among them was having a positivity rate of less than 5% in Covid-19 screenings.
"Transmission rates involving hospital workers must also be kept at less than 1%," he said during Ministers' Question Time in Parliament on Monday (Nov 1).
The last indicator is achieving a 80% vaccination rate for the entire population.
"So, these are the indicators that could bring us to the endemic phase."
He was responding to Datuk Salim Shariff (BN-Jempol), who asked if the Health Ministry had made preparations to live in the endemic phase.
Earlier, Aaron said the endemic phase of a country will be determined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its government based on present Covid-19 figures.
"Although vaccinations have exceeded 70%, the total daily cases are still high.
"However, the amount of cases that require warding in hospitals and deaths due to Covid-19 can be seen reducing."
Daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia stood at 4,629 as of Nov 1 and death stood at 36 as of Oct 31.
As of Monday (Nov 1), a total of 22,361,734 individuals, or 95.5% of the adult population have completed their Covid-19 vaccination. - The Star