Selangor Journal
Healthcare workers storing a sample that was taken from a participant in the Covid-19 community screening operation in Rantau Panjang, Klang, on April 19, 2020. — Picture by ASRI SAPFIE/SELANGORKINI

MB: Community testing found 8 to be asymptomatic out of 10 confirmed cases

By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim

SHAH ALAM, April 28 — The Selangor targeted community testing for Covid-19 operation had identified 10 confirmed cases out of the total 5,433 individuals screened, says Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.

The Selangor Menteri Besar said out of the total confirmed cases, eight were asymptomatic carriers.

“The state government will continue the community screening to help the Health Ministry (MOH) in identifying those who have been infected, especially the ones who are in the high-risk group.

“We will proceed with the initiative soon in a strategic manner while taking into account the feedback from the Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 on devising plans for the new normal after the movement control order (MCO) is lifted,” he said in a statement today.

“The preparation includes efforts to revive the state economy.”

Amirudin said the state mass Covid-19 testing initiative that was targetted in the red zones was carried out in seven stages involving six areas.

The programme had started on April 11 and 12 in Hulu Langat and ended in Bandar Baru Selayang on April 22 and 23.

“The testings, which were conducted via drive-through services and door-to-door visits, had used the RT-PCR method that is approved by the MOH,” said Amirudin, in reference to the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory technique.

“It was carried out in collaboration with Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) wholly-owned subsidiary, Selcare Clinic, as well as the District Health Offices, local authorities and police.”

Amiruddin added that the participants of the programme can download the report on the operation at http://www.selangorprihatin.com beginning May 1.

Out of the total 5,433 samples taken, the highest screening recorded was in Petaling and Klang with 1,826 people tested, followed by 1,653 in Gombak, Hulu Langat (648), Sepang (397), Shah Alam (391), Hulu Selangor (382), and at the state secretariat building in Shah Alam (136).

Six districts in Selangor were previously categorised as a red zone, namely Hulu Langat, Petaling, Klang, Gombak, Sepang, and Hulu Selangor.

Based on the registered active Covid-19 cases, Hulu Langat and Petaling are the remaining districts classified as a red zone with 72 and 44 cases respectively. The Hulu Langat township has 54 active cases.

The MOH has categorised areas with more than 40 cases as a red zone, while areas with 20 to 40 cases are considered an orange zone, while those with no recorded cases are categorised as a green zone.

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