Covid-19: 104% ICU beds occupied

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by TMR FILE

OVER 100% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds nationwide have been occupied by Covid-19 patients as of Sunday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the usage of 104% of ICU beds was indeed worrying as not all critical patients have a place in the ICU.

“Hospitals nationwide also faced an increase in categories four and five patients requiring oxygen and breathing assistance, especially among the vulnerable groups such as senior citizens and those with comorbidities,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that hospital capacity, especially ICUs, for Covid-19 cases are at critical levels and can continue to increase if people get complacent even for a day.

“This situation cannot be taken lightly, especially if there are parties spreading inaccurate information about the situation,” he said.

However, Dr Noor Hisham said there is a lower bed occupancy in general wards in the past two weeks, from 99% to 89%.

The same goes for bed usage at the Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres, at 54%.

Malaysia recorded 6,239 new cases yesterday, increasing the total active cases to 81,575.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, out of the new cases, 6,228 were locally transmitted.

“A total of 75 fatalities were recorded, while 905 cases are currently being treated in the ICUs and 453 have been intubated yesterday.

“The 75 death cases were reported from Selangor (23), Johor (18), Kelantan (7), Kuala Lumpur (5), Kedah (5), Sabah (3), Melaka (3), Negri Sembilan (3), Sarawak (3), Perak (2), Penang (1), Terengganu (1) and Labuan (1),” he said.

The statistics show that the cumulative Covid-19 cases currently stand at 633,891, while the cumulative cases of recovered patients stand at 548,705 as 7,386 patients have been discharged as of yesterday.

He had also shared the total Covid-19 testing samples utilising two different methods, namely the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction and Antigen in the past 14 days.

Dr Noor Hisham said although positive cases from screenings made by non-Health Ministry laboratories are reported quickly, they are slow to report back negative results into the Public Health Laboratory Information System (Simka), especially on holidays.

Additionally, he said regarding the use of Antigen self-test at home, the matter is still being discussed with how it can be recorded into the Simka.

Separately, a total of 885 individu-alsbreached the standard operating procedures for the third Movement Control Order on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) will be implemented in two localities in Kudat, Sabah; Felda Inas, Kulai, Johor; Felda Tembangau 1 and 3, Bera, Pahang; Perumahan Kilang, Ladang Ong Yah Ho, Kinabatangan, Sabah; Kampung Sinar Budi Baru, Kuching, Sarawak; Felda Jengka 7, Maran, Pahang and two localities in Tumpat, Kelantan from June 11 until June 24.

The EMCO in Taman Sawit Balung, Tawau, Sabah; two areas in Temerloh, Pahang; Taman Datuk Tengku Paris, Raub, Pahang and Pekan Kemayan, Bera, Pahang ends today.