The Ministry of Health (MOH) revealed today that 80 percent of the brought-in-dead (BID) cases for Covid-19 had not been previously diagnosed with the disease.
Health Director-General (Public Health) Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong said that either they had no access to diagnosis or hadn't come forward.
The majority of them are not Malaysian, he said today at a press conference on Covid-19 development. Among the 1,000 deaths reported each week, 80 to 100 are BID cases, Chong added.
In order to ensure an efficient management response to BID cases, VCACs (Virtual Covid-19 Assessment Centres) have been activated a week ago.
The VCAC enables people who test positive but have asymptomatic or mild symptoms to undergo home isolation via the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) instead of physically visiting CAC.
“Sixty percent (of the infected people) are usually asymptomatic and around 30 percent have mild symptoms. Only five to 10 percent need to be assessed physically and there are the people who need to come to CAC,” he said.
The VCAC was designed to ensure asymptomatic cases would not overcrowd the hospitals and physical CAC.
According to Chong, who is also in charge of the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force, industry players have agreed to comply with the necessary requirements to prevent further outbreaks.
Vaccination is the most fundamental way to prevent outbreaks, but employers must provide employees with access to panel clinics in order to ensure that their employees are tested for symptoms.
When there are positive cases, employers need to isolate the close contacts and provide food and assistance while they are isolated, he said.
As a means to ensure a safe working environment, Chun also encouraged employers to register with the Safe@Work initiative run by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).