Govt considering to use UPM, UiTM Hospital for Covid-19

by AZREEN HANI

The Health Ministry is proposing to use Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Hospital and Universiti Teknologi MARA Hospital (UiTM) as Covid-19 hospital, among efforts to manage the rising Covid-19 cases.

The ministry has taken several actions to mitigate the rising Covid cases in the country by converting several hospitals in the Klang Valley area as full Covid-19 hospitals.

This involved Ampang Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Children’s Specialist Hospital.

To further increase the bed capacity of Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), Selayang Hospital and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang Hospital (HTAR) will be used as treatment centers for category 4 and 5 patients, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Non Covid-19 patients are also being transferred to private hospitals especially around Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang through outsourcing mechanisms.

Malaysia recorded above 7,000 Covid-19 cases for second straight day, after reporting a total of 7,654 cases yesterday.

As of noon today, the country has identified 7,097 new cases, bringing the cumulative positive Covid cases to 799,790.

More than half of the new infections were detected in the Klang Valley, with Selangor continuing to top daily new cases with 3,119 and Kuala Lumpur with 1,005.

Negeri Sembilan also saw its daily new cases increase to 788 while Melaka identified a total of 358 cases.

Pahang, which has been on the second phase of the National Recovery Plan since Monday, also reported a rise in new cases with 358.

Only Terengganu, Putrajaya and Labuan detected double-digit cases while Perlis only identified two new cases.