PETALING JAYA: Although beds are still available for Covid-19 patients at hospitals, there have been delays in transferring patients in the Klang Valley, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“The delays are due to the rise in positive cases. It might take a day or two or even longer because of the increased workload. This is mainly in the Klang Valley, ” said the Health director-general.
He urged patients to remain calm and self-isolate at home for now.
“Try to isolate yourself from your family members and keep in contact with your district health departments. Stay at home until we come to send you to the hospital, ” he said.
The Health Ministry said Hospital Sungai Buloh has 513 Covid-19 patients with bed usage at 81%, while Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s bed usage is at 52% with 339 patients.
The current capacity of beds for Covid-19 patients in Selangor is still at 59%.
The ministry is mulling several options to address the situation.
“We are considering the possibility of home quarantine, but there are certain criteria we have to look at, including the suitability of the home and the health assessment tools needed for our officers to monitor patients, ” Dr Noor Hisham said.
He said they were also looking at using workers dorms as quarantine areas, like what was done for the Teratai cluster.
This, he added, could reduce the congestion at the Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).
“However, currently our policy remains the same, ” he said.
At present, the Health Ministry has around 120 screening hospitals and 50 treatment hospitals.
Meanwhile, all nine districts in Selangor have become Covid-19 red zones. Hulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam, were previously green zones.
Dr Noor Hisham said protecting green states such as Sarawak was imperative to break the chain of infection.
Yesterday, an additional 1,594 Covid-19 cases were recorded, with 1,181 recoveries.
Three deaths were also recorded.
Five new clusters, four of which were linked to workplace, had also been identified.
The Jalan Gadang construction site cluster has been linked to the Lembah Pantai and Cheras districts in Kuala Lumpur.
The Menara Sri cluster also involved the same districts besides Kepong and Titiwangsa.
In Muar, Johor, the Bukit Pasir cluster was also identified to be from a workplace.