Less than 1,200 cases, 10 deaths to reach endemic phase, says Minister

Less than 1,200 cases, 10 deaths to reach endemic phase, says Minister

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