Covid-19 facilities at safe capacity

No state shows a filling percentage of more than 50% for ICUs, non-ICUs and quarantine centres

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

FACILITIES providing specialised care for Covid-19 patients are currently at safe capacity.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said no state showed a filling percentage of less than 50% for intensive care units (ICUs) beds, non-ICUs beds occupancy and quarantine centres.

As of April 26, Malaysia recorded 3,361 new cases, with 3,331 cases or 99.11% in Category 1 and 2.

The number of new cases brought the total number of cases to around 4.44 million.

“The remaining new cases (30) are in Categories 3, 4 and 5 where 14 cases were not vaccinated or had not been completely vaccinated, 10 cases have received two doses but yet to receive the booster dose and six cases received a booster dose.

“Meanwhile, 16 of the 30 cases involved those aged 60 and above, 17 have comorbidities and one is a pregnant mother,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement yesterday, adding that only 63 Covid-19 patients requiring ventilation.

Meanwhile, 9,484 patients had recovered, increasing the total percentage of cured cases to 97.8%.

Dr Noor Hisham said the situation is being monitored daily and all health facilities were instructed to maintain proper hygiene practises to prevent the spread of the disease.

“We are also working closely with the World Health Organisation and other international partners to monitor the situation,” he said.

He urged members of the public to continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Health Ministry (MoH), such as avoiding crowded places, staying away from people who show signs of illness, washing their hands frequently and wearing masks.

“Individuals who are Covid-19’s Category 1, 2A positive and are not high-risk do not need to go to the Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC), but they need to perform self-monitoring through the MySejahtera application.

“SMS or calls from the automated voice recording (robocall) service will be received if they have not or do not carry out daily self-monitoring,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that individuals who are in Category 2B and above (whether high risk or not) or who have worsening symptoms are required to go to the nearest CAC or hospital for further examination without waiting for a phone call.

“Individuals who have not received the vaccine and have never been infected with Covid-19 are the group most at risk of getting infected. MoH advises these individuals to immediately register and get the Covid-19 vaccine.

“For those who have registered, MoH requests that you attend the appointment to protect yourself and your loved ones,” he said.