Elective surgeries on hold in Johor since April as part of strategy to tackle Covid-19


JOHOR BARU: All elective surgeries have been put on hold in Johor since April, says state Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan.

He said this was an instruction from the Health Ministry as part of its measures to tackle the Covid-19 situation in the country.

He added that besides government hospitals, Covid-19 patients from categories one to five could seek help at 15 private hospitals, while those in category one could seek treatment at the low-risk quarantine and treatment centre in Pasir Gudang.

Vidyananthan said as of May 15, ICU beds in hospitals in the state were 90% occupied with 82 Covid-19 patients, including 66 who need ventilators.

On the numbers at Covid-19 Assessment Centres statewide, Vidyananthan said that as of last Sunday (May 16), a total of 154,499 people have sought treatment with 42,927 confirmed to be Covid-19 positive, and 81,605 found to be close contacts, while 29,917 were admitted and have since been discharged.

On the state’s vaccination progress, he added that since March 1, some 61,277 people have received both doses.

He added that the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme has seen 23,448 people receiving the first dose.

He urged the public not to be complacent as there has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases involving those who failed to observe SOPs while involved in social and religious activities.

He added that the most common violations included meeting in enclosed areas, overcrowding, and not observing physical distancing.

“There have also been cases of people who went out for karaoke, wedding banquets, and group exercise," he said.

Johor has seen a total of 165 deaths from a total of 50,419 cases, with 70 active clusters currently.

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