KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health (MOH) expects daily COVID-19 cases to reach 30,000 if measures to curb the Omicron variant wave are not taken.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said therefore, the decision to temporarily postpone umrah was one of the measures that had to be taken to curb the spread of the variant.
“Based on the MOH’s simulation, if we do not take preventive measures such as temporary postponement of umrah and quarantine, we will see cases soar from this month to February with more than 15,000 cases a day,” he said in a press conference today.
He said the expectation was the MOH’s projection through the Risk-Exposed-Infectious-Isolated (SEIR) model which used the infectious rate (Rt) of 0.95, 1.2 and 1.6 respectively.
According to the SEIR model, if Rt is at the 1.2 level, the cases will increase to 10,000 a day and if Rt 1.6 the cases soar reach 30,000 cases a day.
He said although the Omicron variant infection so far was not as severe as Delta, but if the number of cases increased to 30,000, hospital admissions would also increase even though it was only for category one and two patients.
Commenting on the booster doses, Khairy said four integrated vaccination centers (PPVs) with greater capacity would start operating on Jan 15 at the Kuala Lumpur World Trade Center (WTCKL), Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil, Ideal Convention Center (IDCC) Shah Alam and Soka Gakkai in Klang.
“All booster dose activities will be done through appointments given through the MySejahtera application or short message service (SMS),” he said.
However, he said individuals could contact the PPV-GP (private general practitioner clinic) listed on the ProtectHealth website to register on the waiting list at the clinic.
Khairy also said that so far, 30 per cent of the adult population and 52 per cent of senior citizens in Malaysia have received booster doses.