ICU admission increases amid rising Covid cases

by AZALEA AZUAR / pic BERNAMA

THE number of patients admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) wards are increasing as well as the number of patients who require ventilators amid rising Covid cases.

“I think the latest positivity rate is about 8.4 so it is increasing from three the last time. So, we are worried and we are getting prepared for this,” Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said in a press conference after the launch of the National Health Morbidity Survey: Mother and Child Health yesterday.

Dr Noor Azmi, however, said that the death rate will not rise exponentially as the BA.4 and BA.5 new variants are only more transmissible, but not as deadly as Delta.

“My advice to Malaysians, please take care of your standard operating procedures, be careful when going to crowded and small places and make sure you complete your Covid-19 vaccinations.

“Secondly, please take your boosters as there are only 68.6% who took the first booster and we have yet to touch 70%,” he added.

Only 1.5% of the adult population has taken the second booster but he advised those who are 60 years old and above and have comorbidities to take them.

As of Aug 3, Malaysia has recorded more than 5,330 new Covid-19 cases which brings the total number of cases to 4,692,800.

Currently, there are a total of 46,523 active Covid-19 cases, 44,885 individuals are observing home quarantine and 29 patients are seeking treatment at quarantine and treatment centres nationwide.

There are 49 Covid-19 patients in the ICU wards and 34 of them require ventilation.