Health DG: Situation can escalate with the smallest slip

PUTRAJAYA: Do not be buoyed by the recent drop in Covid-19 cases, the Health Ministry has warned.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country remains in a critical state, especially with beds at intensive care units (ICUs) reaching over-capacity.

“The number of active Covid-19 cases is still high at 82,797, due to the spike during the 20th and the 21st epidemiology (epid) week.

“The usage of beds at ICUs have increased from 96% on May 24 to 104% on June 6.

“The usage of more than 100% ICU beds is a worrying situation, as not all patients who require critical care can be admitted to ICUs.

“Hospitals nationwide are also seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases that are in Categories 4 and 5.

“These patients require a longer time to recover as they suffer from serious complications due to the infection.

“On average, a Cat 4 patient is treated between 14 and 16 days, while a Cat 5 requires 19 to 26 days of treatment.

“Due to all of this, the ministry reminds everyone that the Covid-19 situation in the country is still serious.

“This situation can still escalate if we become complacent even for just one day.

“We cannot take this matter lightly, especially if there are certain quarters spreading false interpretations of the current situation,” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 press statement.

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 5,566 new Covid-19 cases and 6,962 recoveries.

It was the second day in a row that the number of recoveries outpaced new infections.

Dr Noor Hisham urged the public to continue practising new norms and the Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) and stay at home as far as possible.

He also urged those who are Covid-19 positive and undergoing home quarantine to seek immediate help if their health deteriorates.

“All individuals can play their role as ‘agents of change’ in the community so that lives can return to normal as soon as possible,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Malaysia is currently under a 14-day lockdown that is scheduled to end on June 14, barring any extension.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also announced 76 new Covid-19 deaths, taking the country’s death toll to 3,536.

Selangor reported the highest number of deaths at 18 cases, followed by Johor (13), Negri Sembilan (nine), Kuala Lumpur (eight) and Labuan (seven).

Kelantan, Melaka and Kedah had four death cases each, Terengganu had three, Perak and Pahang had two each while Sabah and Sarawak had one each.

Five cases were classified as “brought in dead” (BID).

The youngest fatality was a 28-year-old man who died at Hospital Ampang.

He had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, thyroid and chronic kidney disease.

Currently, 903 patients are in intensive care, with 458 requiring ventilator support.

The Health Ministry also identified 24 new Covid-19 clusters, of which 15 are linked to workplace infections.

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