Selangor Journal
Selcare health officer performing swab test on a participant during the free Covid-19 screening at Dewan Komuniti MBPJ in Kampung Lindungan, Petaling Jaya, on June 19, 2021. Photo by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

Participants in free screening mostly close contact of patients

by Norrasyidah Arshad

PETALING JAYA, June 19 — The number of participants in Phase 3 of the free Covid-19 community screening is expected to be lower compared to the previous two phases, says Selcare Clinic manager Mohd Noor Md Nasir.

He said this is because most of the participants in the free screening held today are close contact of Covid-19 patients.

“The first day’s observation found that most of the participants screened were close contacts of family members or close individuals who were confirmed as Covid-19 positive.

Selcare Clinic manager Mohd Noor Md Nasir

“Although the movement of people is limited and they only stay at home, the risk of infection is still high because there are sectors that are not closed, apart from businesses are running as usual. Daily cases also remain high,” he said today.

Phase 3 of the free Covid-19 community screening begins today covering Taman Medan and Seri Setia state constituencies at Dewan Komuniti MBPJ in Kampung Lindungan here.

Meanwhile, Mohd Noor said the same programme to be held tomorrow at Dewan Beringin, Taman Seri Gombak, will be the first screening to be held until night.

According to him, the programme starts from 8am to 9pm, and targets 9,000 participants around Sungai Tua, Gombak Setia and Taman Templer state constituencies.

“The constituencies involved recorded a high number of participants during phase two.

“So, we are ready to screen as many people as possible and hope that the percentage of individuals suspected to be positive for Covid-19 will decrease compared to before,” he said.

On June 9, Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the third phase of the free screening focuses on hotspots areas as well as industrial and manufacturing sectors, with a target of 100,000 individuals to be screened.

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