New record high deaths, ICU patients

Sabah will be the latest state to enter the Phase 2 of the NRP from July 10, says DPM

by AZREEN HANI / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA recorded the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19 with 135 as of noon yesterday, surpassing the 126 deaths reported on June 2, 2021.

A total of 5,802 persons have succumbed to the virus since the pandemic hit the country in January last year.

More than half of these deaths were in the worst-pandemic-hit Klang Valley, as 63 deaths were reported in Selangor and 24 in Kuala Lumpur.

Selangor has contributed 42.02% of 47,811 cases for the period of July 1-July 7, compared to only 38.33% of 40,973 cases for the previous week. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur contributed 13.01% in the period of July 1-July 7, compared to 12.29% in the week prior.

“Close contact detection and health screening activities, especially on symptomatic individuals at these states, have been implemented more vigorously for the early detection of Covid-19 cases. This allows immediate isolation to be carried out to prevent the spread of Covid infection in the community,” Heath DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily Covid statement.

In addition, the Health Ministry also conducts screening on 10% of the population living in the Enhanced Movement Control area and priority is given to those at high risk.

Dr Noor Hisham said the number of daily Covid-19 cases is expected to increase following the implementation of these measures.

The DG had said on Wednesday that the daily cases in these states have exceeded the healthcare system capacity.

Following the sharp increase in Covid cases in the Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur Hospital has stepped up outsourcing activities to nearby private hospitals.

Since July 6, a total of 25 patients have been sent to private hospitals and an estimated four patients will be sent daily for treatments.

The number of patients, who will be sent for treatment in private hospitals within six months, is estimated at 993, involving an allocation of RM18 million.

Meanwhile, the number of patients currently being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) also reached another record high of 952, with 445 patients intubated.

A total of 8,868 new Covid cases were reported as of noon yesterday, pushing the total confirmed cases to 808,658.

The number of active cases being treated nationwide also rose to 77,275 as 29 new clusters were detected in the past 24 hours. Some 19 out of 29 new clusters were from workplace. There are now 855 active clusters.

Up to 5,802 patients have recovered, pushing the number of total recoveries to 725,480.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Sabah will be the latest state to enter the Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from July 10.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the government will set up field hospitals at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, and another to be built in Melaka.

He added that 56 premises comprising factories, businesses and construction sites were ordered to close on Wednesday due to noncompliance to the SOPs.

Bernama also reported that Sarawak has detected the first Covid-19 case involving the Delta variant, according to the Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

IHCM said the variant was detected following its genome sequencing analysis recently.

“A 56-year-old man has been detected with the variant on June 18 and his case is classified as Import B case,” it said.

IHCM said besides the Delta variant, positive cases involving the Beta and the Theta variants had also been detected in Sarawak before.

A cumulative total of 59 cases involving variant of concern and the variant of interest had been detected in positive cases up to June 26.