Health DG's Mayday call: Over 100 Covid-19 patients surviving on ventilators in Klang Valley alone

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 situation in the country is getting worse with 108 units of ventilators required to treat Covid-19 patients in the Klang Valley alone.

The number is part of the 176 Covid-19 patients on ventilator support across the country on Saturday (May 1).

This is 15 more people requiring ventilator support from the 161 people on Friday (April 30).

Nationwide, the number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) is now 337, said Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his daily Covid-19 update Saturday (May 1).

There are seven hospitals dedicated to the treatment of Covid-19 in the Klang Valley encompassing Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Earlier on Saturday, the Health director-general took to Twitter to warn the public that the coronavirus situation was becoming critical again.

"A total of 277 ICU beds are allocated for Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients in the Klang Valley. Of these, a total of 152 critical/ICU beds are dedicated to treating Covid-19 patients and the current utilisation rate has reached over 88%," said Dr Noor Hisham.

The current critical/ICU Covid-19 bed utilisation rate was found to exceed 70% in Sungai Buloh Hospital, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Serdang Hospital and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang Hospital. Meanwhile, Selayang Hospital and University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) reported the use of critical/ICU Covid-19 beds at a rate of more than 50%.

This is due to the increase in critical case admissions by 62% compared to two weeks ago.

Malaysia recorded 2,881 new Covid-19 cases Saturday, bringing the cumulative total to 411,594.

Selangor recorded the highest daily figure with 759 new cases, followed by Sarawak (445) and Kelantan (442).

There were 16 imported cases; five of whom are citizens and 11 non-citizens.

The number of active cases now stands at 29,631.

Another 15 people, all Malaysians, succumbed to Covid-19, bringing the country's coronavirus death toll to 1,521.

A total of 2,462 Covid-19 patients were discharged from treatment. A cumulative total of 380,442 have recovered.

A total of 97 cases were linked to prisons or detention centre clusters involving the Pagar Sri Lalang cluster (78 cases) and Tembok Choh Dua cluster (19 cases).

Of the 15 deaths, five were from Selangor. Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Penang recorded two deaths in each state. Sabah, Terengganu, Kelantan and Negri Sembilan recorded one death for each state.

Another 14 new Covid-19 clusters were also reported, bringing the total number of active clusters to 395.

The new clusters were from communities (four), workplaces (four), the education sector (four), and religious clusters (two).

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