Covid-19: Perak expected to see a surge in cases in coming weeks, says Health DG

IPOH: Perak is expected to see a surge of Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said there is an increase in positive cases in the state of late and he expects the numbers to increase in the next two to three weeks.

"There has been an increase in cases lately, including those in Category Four and Five who need critical treatment.

"As of July 31, there are 121 patients currently being treated in intensive care units (ICU) with an average rate of seven days of ICU bed usage exceeding 100%," he said in a Facebook post late Saturday (July 31) night.

"The state Health Department and various agencies are working to face the growing number of Covid-19 cases that are expected to occur in the next two to three weeks," he added.

Dr Noor Hisham had visited Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Taiping Hospital, Tapah Hospital and Slim River Hospital to check on preparations to face the surge of cases.

Perak recorded 775 new daily cases on Saturday, with the cumulative total now at 37,679 cases in the state since the pandemic began.

There are now 28 active clusters in the state.

Dr Noor Hisham also said an operations room has been set up to ensure there are sufficient beds to treat patients in the state.

He added that a total of 265 beds, including 42 in ICU, have been allocated for Covid-19 patients.

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