Malaysia to boost Covid-19 testing to over 22,000 daily

Dr Noor Hisham speaks at the Covid-19 daily press conference at the Health Ministry today. Photo: Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will increase its testing capacities for Covid-19 to over 22,000 tests per day by next week with two automated test processing machines. 

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the automated processing machine which could do 5,000 tests per day would be placed at Institute of Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur by this weekend. 

“Another machine which has the capacity to do 1,000 tests per day will be placed at Kota Kinabalu public health lab,” he told a Covid-19 daily press conference at the Health Ministry here today. 

Dr Noor Hisham said these two machines would add additional 6,000 Covid-19 tests capacity to the present capacity of 16,500 tests per day, making the total to 22,000 tests per day. 

“So far, our capacity is 16,635 Covid-19 tests and yesterday we did 10,858 Covid-19 tests,” he said. – Bernama