Covid-19: About 86% of BID cases did not seek medical treatment, says Khairy

Khairy Jamaluddin. -Bernamapic

PUTRAJAYA: About 86% of Covid-19 fatalities classified as brought-in-dead (BID) in August, were not under any medical observation, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said only 14% of the 2,417 BID deaths were either under the supervision of the Health Ministry or private clinics.

"The remaining 86% died without undergoing any medical observation. So, in our strategy to reduce the number of BIDs, we must address this.

"We are deep diving into the cases and finding out why these deaths were not under any medical supervision, so that we can better advise the public to either get tested or seek treatment once they have an onset of symptoms," said Khairy at the ministry's Covid-19 press conference here on Thursday (Sept 9).

Khairy also said the ministry had also decided that high-risk Category 2 and 3 Covid-19 patients would be admitted to low-risk quarantine centres (PKRC).

"We will admit Category 3 patients to PKRCs and we have asked states to free up their capacity.

"Those who are Category 2 who are deemed high risk after we do our risk assessment will be admitted to PKRCs as well," said Khairy.

The minister said he had instructed those under home quarantine and categorised as "at risk" to be provided pulse oximeters.

On another matter, Khairy said the mortality rate involving fully-vaccinated people was only 0.009%.

"Many have asked why those who are fully vaccinated have died from Covid-19. We have looked into the data thoroughly and we have seen that the vaccines work.

"It saves lives and will give us protection. There are still deaths occurring, but the rate of deaths involving those fully vaccinated is only 0.009%.

"So, you are better off with vaccines. Please get vaccinated and do not doubt that it can help you," said Khairy.

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