From December 10th to December 16th, 20,696 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Malaysia. This is 62% more than the previous week.
Even though the number of infections is going up, Malaysia's Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad says that the situation is under control because the ministry has improved its five-point COVID-19 management plan.
Some of these are finding people in the community using the TRIIS (test, report, isolate, inform, and seek) method, keeping an eye on health facilities, and using the MySejahtera app to make pandemic management more digital.
He said that the government is hopeful that it will be able to handle the numbers without having to put limits in place, like they did in the early days of the pandemic in 2020.
The minister said that about 97% of the cases were low-risk, with asymptomatic and weak symptoms being the most common types. Of these cases, 28 people died, 151 needed treatment in the intensive care unit, and 96 needed ventilators.