No exponential spike in positive cases

Total number of recovered patients have gone up to 479 cases, says Health DG

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by TMR FILE

THERE is no drastic spike of the confirmed positive Covid-19 cases despite the constant increase in the nation daily.

Ministry of Health (MoH) DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said currently, the situation is still considered as stable.

“We don’t see the exponential spike in the number of positive cases despite the continuous rise and recovery percentage being 18.2% to the number of total cases.

“As of now, we are seeing about 150 to 200 positive cases confirmation per day,” he said at a Covid-19 update briefing yesterday.

To date, the total number of recovered patients have gone up to 479 cases, whereas 91 new cases have been discharged from treatment yesterday.

However, there have been 156 confirmed new cases by noon, tallying up to 2,626 number of cases in total in Malaysia, whereby 94 are being treated in the intensive care unit, with 62 requiring respiratory aid.

Subsequently, the number of casualties has also increased by three, which comprised of individuals at 57, 47 and 46 years of age respectively, with the two latter ones from Sarawak, and the first one from Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has implemented various initiatives to increase the nation’s capacity at handling the pandemic, where the number of hospitals that provide screening has increased from 57 to 70, and hospitals offering treatment increased from 26 to 38.

“Seven of these hospitals are specialised hospitals for Covid-19 patient care.

“As a result, the number of beds for the treatment has also increased to 3,994 beds. MoH is also planning to add number of beds through the identification and modification of the MoH training institution (ILKKM) to become a quarantine and treatment centre with a total number of 1,937 beds,” he said.

He added that it is still possible to increase the ILKKM’s capacity should it be required.

“Other facilities have also been identified, such as the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang which can prepare 600 beds,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also added that the current group that should be focused on are the “imported cases”, comprising of Malaysians who have returned from other countries.

“Whether it be because of studies or travelling, this is the wave that should be taking care of themselves and practise self-quarantine,” he said.