Covid-19: 4th day of high recoveries

Public, private hospitals will be placed under hybrid operation, based on the concept of cluster hospitals, says Health DG

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by ARIF KARTONO

MALAYSIA’S Covid-19 recoveries surpassed the number of new cases for four days in a row as of yesterday.

Yesterday, 4,076 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 149,160.

A total of 3,585 new cases were reported, of which 3,583 were local transmissions and two imported cases, bringing the country’s overall total to 190,434 with 40,574 active cases.

Among the active cases, 280 were placed in intensive care units (ICUs), with 111 of them requiring respiratory aid.

With 11 new fatalities yesterday, of which 10 were Malaysian citizens, the country’s death tally has increased to 700.

Selangor continued to report the highest new daily cases with 1,295 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (610) and Johor (516).

A total of 59 cases reported were related to clusters in lockups, immigration detention depots and prisons.

Seven new clusters have been identified involving three work-related clusters, two community clusters, one religious cluster and one cluster involving detention centre.

The clusters are known as Jalan Cochrane, Jalan Platinum, Intan Delima, Jalan Padi Mahsuri, Kampung Bukit Putera, Keladi Saga and Tembok Bukit Besi.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said public and private hospitals will be placed under a hybrid operation, based on the concept of cluster hospitals under the Covid-19 Integrated Control Centre.

“The cluster hospitals will treat Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients according to the instructions which will be issued by the Health Ministry,” he said As of Jan 25, there are 210 licensed private hospitals, of which 129 offer inpatient services in the field of internal medicine.

Of these, 96 have agreed to provide Covid-19 treatments, providing 1,252 beds, 65 ICU beds and 54 ventilator machines.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) may be reimplemented to replace the MCO.

He said the Health DG had hinted recently that the CMCO is “most likely” to happen, but did not specify the commencement date.

However, the announcement will be made before Feb 4 after a decision is reached by the National Security Council.

Ismail Sabri also responded to the trending #MalaysiaLockdown on social media which has caused concern among the public, prompting some to make panic buying.

“Various reactions arose throughout the country when it was hinted that the CMCO might be reimplemented. Some disagreed and urged for a lockdown like the first MCO.

“The government will look into all areas when making a decision. We want to take care of the people’s health, while also protecting their interests,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

He further explained that a total lockdown will have a massive impact on the economy, stating that 2.8 million people are at risk of losing their jobs and 2.5 million workers’ incomes will be affected.

The bottom 40% households would lose revenue within a month estimated at RM6.45 billion, he said, with an average of RM2,400 per family.

He also announced that Thaipusam celebration is not allowed and Hindus are encouraged to perform prayers at home.

However, only five temple committee members are allowed to perform religious ceremonies at the temples.

The movement to bring the statue of Murugan from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Jalan Tun HS Lee to Sri Subramaniar Temple in Batu Caves is allowed, in compliance with strict standard operating procedures.

Also, Ismail Sabri announced that long-distance married couples can cross states to be reunited, provided they obtain police permission starting today.

However, symptomatic couples are advised to undergo swab tests before travelling.


Read our earlier report

CMCO likely to replace MCO: Ismail Sabri