PETALING JAYA: The infectivity rate (R0) in the country continues to rise despite a lockdown due to the transmission of new variants in the community, says the Health Minister.

PETALING JAYA: The infectivity rate (R0) in the country continues to rise despite a lockdown due to the transmission of new variants in the community, says the Health Minister.
Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said variants of concern (VOC) such as the Delta, Beta and Alpha variants have entered the community, adding that sporadic cases and clusters have been found.
The states that are affected are Selangor, Negri Sembilan, and Kuala Lumpur as well as other states that are still struggling as we conduct prevention and control measures, he said during a joint press conference with National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Wednesday (June 30).
The R0 of a virus is a measure of its transmission or number of new infections generated by each case.
Dr Adham said this is overcome by conducting enough RT-PCR testing, adding that a total of 1,765,054 tests have been conducted to date with a positivity rate of 5.6%.
The 5.6% positivity rate that we have achieved lately is because we have conducted more targeted mass testing as well as the mass testing conducted by the respective states, he said.
Dr Adham also said that in areas where an enhanced movement control order is in place, mass testing of the occupants in the area is also conducted to break the chain of infection.
Separately, Dr Adham noted that the Health Ministrys Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) continues to release data every day for the Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE).
He said quick action is taken whether to conduct contact tracing, isolate, treat or give advice to the facilities where there are Covid-19 clusters or there would be a potential outbreak of Covid-19 cases or clusters.
We give them advice or instructions to sanitise the facility before they can resume their operations. This is to avoid any new clusters from happening, he said.