A (H1N1): 2 more die, health curfew if mortality rate reaches 0.4pc (Update 4)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government may declare a national curfew to slow down the spread of Influenza A(H1N1) if the patients’ mortality rate exceed 0.4% based on confirmed cases.

The current rate is calculated based on 20 times the number of confirmed H1N1 cases according to World Health Organisation guidelines, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the current rate was between 0.1% and 0.4% of 4,225 confirmed cases, adding that the Government was treating the situation as a health emergency due to persistent community transmissions.

He said that only the National Security Council, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, could declare a national curfew as a measure to curb the virus’ spread.

A “health curfew” may involve the closure of all schools and the cancellation of all public and social functions, medical sources said.

Public gathering places might also be temporarily closed.

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