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Khairy Jamaluddin says a daily list of hotspots will be published in the MySejahtera app to allow people to make informed decisions. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: MySejahtera has found that 0.2% of premises registered under its mobile application are responsible for 90% of Covid-19 transmissions in the country.

Science, technology and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government’s new Hotspot Identification by Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system had also identified 1,660 potential cluster locations as of May 3.

Utilising big data analytics and artificial intelligence, Khairy said HIDE would enable authorities and owners of premises to carry out more targeted interventions in managing the pandemic and prevent a full-blown cluster from happening.

The “pre-emptive targeted intervention tool” was also developed to avoid blanket lockdowns, which would negatively impact the economy, he added.

In a press conference today, Khairy said there was a need to enhance contact tracing, given the increasing number of cases and with intensive care units in Klang Valley hospitals reaching capacity limits.

Following this, a daily list of hotspots, which could develop into full clusters, will be published on the MySejahtera app from May 7 for business owners and the public to “facilitate self-regulation”.

Owners of these premises are then encouraged to test their workers at intervals, increase gatekeeping measures and limit occupancy.

Khairy stressed that premises identified as hotspots will only be required to close following risk assessments by the health ministry.

“At the moment, some large potential hotspots in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur range from shopping malls, food and beverage outlets, supermarkets, bazaars as well as office premises,” said Khairy.

He added those who have visited the identified hotspots will be categorised as casual contacts. They will be alerted through MySejahtera and are advised to conduct self-assessments and monitor for symptoms.

“Publicly listing potential large hotspots will be another step towards empowering the public with greater information so they can make informed decisions, while owners of premises can intervene quickly.”

Khairy also urged more residential areas, workers’ dormitories as well as offices to generate their own QR codes through MySejahtera to enable more accurate information on potential clusters.

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