20,089 Covid-19 patients undergoing self-isolation

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

THE Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) is currently monitoring a total of 20,089 Covid-19 patients who are undergoing isolation at home nationwide.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said to date, 152 CACs are operating nationwide and cumulatively, a total of 60,052 patients have been monitored by the CACs.

The CACs were established to conduct assessments of Covid-19 positive patients undergoing monitoring at home. The service began on Jan 25 in stages in all states.

“In general, CACs act as a reference centre for identifying, evaluating, monitoring and managing Covid-19 patients.

“The evaluation and monitoring of all these patients are carried out by a team led by a public health physician and a family health physician, and assisted by other clinical support members,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham added that Covid-19 patients who are not symptomatic, have mild symptoms and meet the criteria set by the Health Ministry (MoH) will undergo self-isolation at home for 10 days.

The country reported 3,288 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday, of which 3,283 were local transmissions and five imported.

Selangor’s cases shot up to 1,757, followed by Kuala Lumpur (KL) (408) and Johor (369).

There were also 63 cases from prisons and detention centres yesterday, most of which came from the Tembok Sungai Udang cluster and Tembok Pengkalan Chepa cluster.

The ministry had also detected 11 new Covid-19 clusters yesterday, of which one each was recorded in Selangor, Johor and KL, while two clusters were from Sabah.

“Seven of them were workplace clusters, two were community clusters and another two involved high-risk groups,” he noted.

The new cases have brought the country’s overall total to 251,604 with 52,186 active cases.

Among the active cases, 285 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 131 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 1,929 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 198,495, which equals 78.9%.

Fourteen new deaths were reported yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 923.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Kampung Teluk in Sitiawan, Perak, will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) beginning today.

He added that the EMCO, which will run until Feb 24, will enable the MoH to conduct targeted screening, as well as control the spread of Covid-19 within the community.

“MoH found 16 positive Covid-19 cases after carrying out 43 tests in the locality,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The minister also noted that about 400 residents of Kampung Teluk will be undergoing the screening test.