Perak warned to prepare for surge in Covid-19 cases


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

He said there was an increase in infections in the state of late and that the number was expected to go up 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 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 visited Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Hospital Taiping, Hospital Tapah and Hospital Slim River 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 28 active clusters in the state.

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

A total of 265 beds, including 42 in ICU, have been allocated for Covid-19 patients.

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