Covid-19: 207, highest death cases

The figure breaks last Wednesday’s record of 199 fatalities

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA reported a record high 207 deaths due to Covid-19 yesterday, breaking last Wednesday’s tally of 199 fatalities.

This brought the number of total fatalities to 8,201.

New Covid-19 fell to 14,516 yesterday, bringing the number of cumulative cases to 1,027,954 with 165,840 active cases where 1,009 patients were admitted into the intensive care unit and 525 intubated.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor saw its cases decline to 6,508, however, Johor saw new infections rise to 1,449. Kuala Lumpur reported 1,425 new cases and Kedah with 1,160.

He also said that the country’s infectivity rate stood at 1.15.

There were 9,372 recovered cases yesterday, bringing the overall Covid-19 recoveries to 853,913.

Meanwhile, the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force has activated a virtual Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) to ensure efficient management response.

This was based on the reports that CACs in the Greater Klang Valley are overwhelmed due to the surge of Covid-19 positive cases.

Its commander Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong said the new management guidelines take effect immediately and is expected to improve healthcare delivery by streaming the workflow processes in managing Covid-19 patients.

He stated that the revised guideline and virtual CACs will help to decongest physical CACs, reducing patient waiting time and ensuring early monitoring of Covid-19 patients.

“The virtual CACs is part of the eCovid-19 system, which is responsible for monitoring patient status and allowing for easy and rapid referrals to the nearest CAC or hospital for patients whose symptoms are increasing.

“This innovative pathway saves a critical amount of the time to identify and report new covid cases,” Dr Chong said.

He reminded Covid-19 patients in the Greater Klang Valley who are experiencing mild or no symptoms to not visit the CAC and to undergo home isolation and remote surveillance instead.

“Those who are close contacts of Covid-19 patients are required to self-isolate at home with no need for testing unless symptomatic,” he said.

In another development, the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia said they were not using the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin to treat Covid-19 patients.

Its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said private hospitals have been treating Covid-19 patients with treatment protocols approved with evidence-based guidelines by the Health Ministry (MoH) and international medical societies.

“MoH has some of their hospitals conducting clinical trials on Ivermectin but none of the private hospitals are participating in the trial.

“Private hospitals may only use this medication after approval with detailed guidelines from the government,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He refuted fake news circulating in social media that some private hospitals have had some success using Ivermectin which is not approved by the World Health Organisation or the US Food and Drug Administration.

He added that private hospitals have been providing manpower to vaccination centres and managing decanted patients from the government hospitals.

Dr Kuljit said to date, 44 private hospitals in the Greater Klang Valley have provided 951 beds for decanted patients.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Sunday, 31 factories and business premises were ordered to close for breaching Movement Control Order standard operating procedures (SOPs) while 438 people were detained where 434 were issued with compounds and four remanded.

He also added that from today onwards, Senior Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will take over the daily announcements on the SOPs enforcement.