The rise in cases needs to be tackled swiftly

In an interview with the Sun newspaper, Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said the number of cases in Selangor was generally low previously but those who returned from Sabah had caused a sudden increase of cases in Selangor.

“When people started coming back from Sabah, they brought the virus back with them and spread it to others. So the numbers just jumped, causing the Rt to spike,” he said.

“It is a concern and it needs to be tackled swiftly. If prompt actions are taken to address this, then we can stop it from spreading to others.”

He said the Rt in Selangor is not expected to come down to below 1.0 within the next few days.

“That is why I am (all) for mandatory quarantine in centres for people coming back from Sabah, as it is obviously the hotspot in the country at the moment. We need to consider all returnees as possibly infected until proven otherwise,” he said

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