About 89% of Covid-19 patients in M'sia asymptomatic, show mild symptoms, hospital beds still available, says Dr Noor Hisham

PETALING JAYA: Around 89% of Covid-19 patients in Malaysia are asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

"Those are under category one and two. For patients under categories three, four and five, the percentage was originally 7% but has increased to 11%," the Health director-general said in his daily Covid-19 briefing Monday (Dec 28).

He gave his reassurances that there were still beds available for patients, despite the delay in transfers lately.

"The delay is due to the increase in positive cases. It might take a day or two or even longer. This is mainly in the Klang Valley," he said.

He urged patients to remain calm and to isolate themselves at home in the meantime.

"Keep in contact with your district health officers and stay at home until we come to send you to the hospital.

"We are also considering the possibility of quarantining at home but there are certain criteria that we have to follow, including the suitability of the home and on the health assessment tools needed for our officers to monitor patients at home.

"There is also the possibility of using worker dormitories as quarantine areas like what we did for the Teratai cluster as this could reduce congestion at Maeps.

"However, currently our policy remains the same," he said.

On current cluster updates, he said that five new clusters had been reported.

Of the five, four are workplace clusters.

The Jalan Gadang construction site cluster has been linked to the Lembah Pantai and Cheras districts in Kuala Lumpur.

The Menara Sri cluster was also found to be linked to the aforementioned districts, as well as Kepong and Titiwangsa.

In Muar, Johor, the Bukit Pasir cluster was also identified to be from a workplace.

Putrajaya also recorded a new cluster, the Putra 15 workplace cluster.

Only the Pintu Geng cluster in Kota Baru, Kelantan was not linked to a workplace.

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