HIDE System Lists Three Kota Kinabalu Malls As Covid Hotspots

HIDE System Lists Three Kota Kinabalu Malls As Covid Hotspots


KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – The government has identified Centre Point, Suria Sabah and Karamunsing shopping malls in the city here as potential COVID-19 hotspots via artificial intelligence guesswork.

A statement by the Health Ministry yesterday listed 147 other locations nationwide; places where the public are strongly advised against visiting – predicted to become COVID-19 hotspots in the next seven days.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Hotspot Identification Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system was to help the public rethink their movements to prevent getting infected.

“The HIDE analysis is under the management of the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC)…

“It will enable pre-emptive measures to be taken by the authorities, premises owners, and the people in order to prevent new clusters,” he said in a statement.

Khairy detailed that in the past seven days, the country recorded a spike of 23,712 new COVID-19 cases and referrals to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has increased by 21 per cent compared to last week.

As for now, initial interventions are limited to sending casual contact notifications through the MySejahtera application, tighter control of visitor movements and entry prevention of those with high risk.

In line with this is the creation of a workplace bubble system and work from home arrangement, as well as conducting mass screening tests on workers.