It would be very difficult for flood victims and rescuers to maintain SOP related to the Covid-19 pandemic while in distress.

As such, the likelihood for some of them to get infected with the virus is very high.

Confirming this, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a total of 181 flood victims have tested positive for Covid-19 as of 11am on Dec 20.

Most are category 1 & 2 cases

According to a report in The Vibes, Selangor has the most cases with 117, followed by Pahang (52), Kelantan (6), and Kuala Lumpur (4), and one each in Melaka and Negri Sembilan.

“It was found that most cases are under Categories 1 and 2, and they are being moved to hospitals, low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), or specially designated shelters.

“There are also 206 individuals who have been identified as close contacts. They will be moved to PKRCs, special relief centres, quarantine stations or hospitals,” he said as quoted in the report.

He said the ministry has been testing flood victims at temporary relief centres and will continue to do so.
Khairy added that the ministry is currently preparing to face a surge in Covid-19 cases.