‘Hospitals are overwhelmed’

PETALING JAYA: The number of Covid-19 cases in the country has seen yet another spike, with Malaysia recording 4,498 new infections.

Despite the number of new cases dipping below 1,000 at the end of March, it has been slowly increasing for the past few weeks, finally breaching the 4,000-mark yesterday.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 432,425.

In a Facebook post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also highlighted the growing strain on the public healthcare system as ICUs in hospitals are overwhelmed.

“On May 7, the country recorded 506 cases in ICU, the highest since the pandemic started, with 295 cases requiring ventilator support, ” he said.

(Out of the 506 cases, 372 were confirmed Covid-19 patients, while 134 cases are “probable” and “suspected” patients.)

Dr Noor Hisham said that critical cases admitted into ICU had risen by 44% compared to the previous two weeks.

“Twenty-two Covid-19 hospitals recorded Covid-19 ICU bed occupancy rates of more than 70%, with some recording more than 90%.

“A few non-Covid-19 hospitals had to treat Covid-19 patients who required ventilator support as these patients could not be transferred to Covid-19 hospitals due to overcrowded ICUs.

“Some patients also had to be given ventilator support in normal wards, ” he said, urging Malaysians to follow the SOP and sign up to receive the vaccine.

Selangor reported the highest number of new cases, with 1,424, followed by Sarawak (750) and Kuala Lumpur (436).

The number of new cases has also outpaced recoveries, with Malaysia logging 3,449 discharged cases yesterday.

There were 372 cases requiring treatment in the ICU, with 211 cases requiring ventilator support.

There are currently 34,789 active cases in the country.

There had also been 22 fatalities in the country, bringing the cumulative number to 1,632.

Six of which were from Sarawak, three each from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan.

There were two deaths each in Johor and Perak, one death each in Sabah, Kedah and Perlis.

The country also saw 19 new clusters, 10 of which involves workplaces, four from community transmissions three linked to religious activities and two linked to the education sector.

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