High number of Covid-19 deaths cause for concern, says Health DG

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has expressed concern over the high number of Covid-19 deaths recorded over the past nine days.

The Health director-general said that since entering 2021, the number of deaths due to Covid-19 has been increasing daily.

"Just this year alone, in the past nine days, we have recorded 71 fatalities due to Covid-19.

"We are very worried about this and hope Allah SWT will protect all of us. #Kitajagakita," said Dr Noor Hisham in a Facebook post on Sunday (Jan 10).

Dr Noor Hisham said it is not easy for frontliners managing the bodies of Covid-19 patients.

He said they need to don the full personal protective equipment (PPE) suits and are drenched in sweat under hot weather conditions from the beginning till the end of all the funeral and burial process.

"I hope we will all understand the challenges and trials faced by every frontliner in the country.

"Let's help the country by taking care of ourselves and our family.

"Let us all be protected from the disaster that is Covid-19," he said.

He also shared photos of frontliners burying bodies of Covid-19 patients on his Facebook page.

Last week, Dr Noor Hisham said that Covid-19 hospitals and low-risk treatment centres are at their limit as the number of infections continue to rise.

He said the nation's hospitals could accommodate 23,000 patients at a time.

On Friday (Jan 8), the country saw a record high of 3,027 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham had also warned that the number of cases could reach 8,000 a day in March if the infection rate known as R-naught (RO) stays at 1.2.

As of Saturday (Jan 9), the number of active cases in the country stood at 26,185.

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