Covid-19 clusters in nursing homes have claimed nine lives, says Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: Covid-19 clusters at nursing homes in Malaysia have taken nine lives so far throughout the pandemic.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the Health Ministry has detected 21 clusters that are linked to senior residences, of which 15 are currently active.

“A total of 610 individuals have been infected from these clusters linked to old folks homes.

“About 583, or 95.6%, are Malaysians, while the rest are foreigners, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here on Thursday (March 4).

He said the fatality rate of cases at old folks homes was 1.48% so far, which is higher than the national rate of 0.38%.

“One of the ministry’s Covid-19 prevention measures is to ensure that the vulnerable group is protected.

“At these homes, we must ensure that compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) is strictly observed.

“Put off physical gatherings and activities, and make sure there is no face-to-face engagement with visitors.

“Compliance with these SOPs is very important for us to break the chain of Covid-19 infection in our country, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Cumulatively, there have been 1,153 deaths caused by Covid-19 in Malaysia.

A majority of the casualties were aged above 60 and suffered from non-communicable diseases.

Under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme which kicked off on Feb 24, the elderly and those with chronic conditions are scheduled to be vaccinated in the second phase, after the frontliners.

The second phase is expected to involve 9.4 million people and is scheduled for April until August.

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