Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases surpass 10,000

If this situation continues, the national health facility will be burdened again, as there will be a high load of patients that needs treatment, says health DG

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) reported that the country’s cumulative number of Covid-19 cases has surpassed 10,000, with a total of 10,031 cases as of yesterday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the active cases in the country, as well as the number of patients being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) have been on an increasing trend lately.

He added that senior citizens, younger age and chronically ill individuals are among those majorly affected by the Covid-19 infection and they have to be admitted to the ICU for close monitoring.

“If this situation continues, the national health facility will be burdened again, as there will be a high load of patients that needs to be accommodated for treatment.

“Therefore, to avoid the occurrence of such a situation, each individual of all levels and society must play their respective roles and comply with the standard operating procedures, as well as the advice issued by the government,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

As of yesterday, the country recorded 62 new Covid-19 cases involving 61 local transmissions and one import case.

Dr Noor Hisham said of the local cases, 59 cases were detected in Sabah, of which 48 were from the Benteng LD cluster.

He added that the remaining local cases were detected in Penang and Kedah.

There are now 668 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 15 were placed in the ICU, with three of them requiring respiratory aid.

Twenty-six patients discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 9,235, which equals to 92.1%.

No new deaths have been recorded and the country’s death tally remained at 128. Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police arrested 68 individuals on Tuesday for flouting the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Among the offences were disobeying the RMCO regulations, failure to prepare necessary equipment to record personal details, not wearing face masks, not maintaining physical distancing and failure to complete quarantine bills,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The senior minister also said the compliance task force led by the police conducted 59,899 inspections on Sept 15 nationwide.

Under Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the authorities arrested 120 illegal immigrants and two middlemen. They also managed to confiscate three vessels and four land vehicles.

“Nine individuals were also arrested in Pengkalan Kubor, Kelantan, for attempting to enter Malaysia through illegal routes, and five in Bandar Penawar, Johor,” he said.

He added that 79 roadblocks were conducted nationwide by the police with the authorities from the Malaysian Border Control Agency and Malaysian Arm Forces.

On mandatory quarantine, Ismail Sabri said 29,438 individuals returned to the country from abroad through the international check points from July 24 to Sept 15.

He noted that all of them were placed at 72 hotels and four public training institutes nationwide.

“Of that number, 9,737 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 71 individuals have been sent to the hospital for treatment.

“Meanwhile, 19,630 individuals were discharged and allowed to return home,” he added.