Covid-19: Melaka health authorities refer 12 patients to MAEPS due to overcrowding

MELAKA: Melaka health authorities have referred 12 Covid-19 patients to the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) following congestion at Melaka Hospital due to a high number of cases.

Melaka Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said this was a maiden move by the state after a contingency plan that was outlined earlier in the event of a spike in Covid-19 cases was activated on Saturday (Jan 9).

Melaka witnessed 70 fresh cases on Friday (Jan 8), while there are more than 400 patients currently being treated at Melaka Hospital.

Rahmad said the majority of cases here were contributed by the prison clusters, since inmates from Kajang and Sungai Buloh prisons were transferred starting last November.

He said the Melaka government has officially informed the Prison Department not to continue transferring prisoners to the state.

Rahmad added that the state only allowed those who have been convicted by Melaka courts.

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