Monday, August 10, 2009

Influenza A(H1N1): 6 more deaths, taking total to 32 (Malaysia Update)

Mon: Six more deaths in 24 hours from Influenza A(H1N1) were confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases(deaths) to 32 in the country so far.

Director-general of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said in a statement today that 203 new cases were reported and all were locally-transmitted involving Malaysians.

The accumulated number of H1N1 cases in Malaysia is 1,983.

Worldwide, the H1N1 virus has so far killed 1,688 people out of 208,155 reported cases in 174 countries.

Drastic measures to curb H1N1

With the influenza A (H1N1) death toll rising (it reached 26 yesterday) the government is considering drastic measures to contain the situation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called a meeting with the Health Ministry today to identify these measures, which could involve, among others, social distancing.

“I will ask the health minister for any possible drastic and stringent measures that the government can do.”

Najib, however, voiced his concern in taking measures which could lead to the cancellation of all public gatherings because he was aware that gatherings and meetings were still needed.

“But, if it is necessary to take drastic measure, we will do it. We cannot let it be.”

Najib said he wanted to listen to what Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had to say about possible stringent steps to address the H1N1 issue.