Covid-19 outbreak winding down in Johor

JOHOR BARU: The number of Covid-19 patients and admissions in public hospitals in Johor has been showing a downward trend over the past two weeks.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the number of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) had decreased by 31% from 97 to 66.

“Daily admissions of Covid-19 patients have also declined by 43% from 223 to 127. The use of public hospital beds is 994 or 41% of the total capacity of 2,414 non-ICU beds,” he said here yesterday.

Vidyananthan said as of Tuesday, usage of Covid-19 ICU beds was 66 (51%) out of 130 beds throughout the state.

He said as the country moved towards the endemic phase, there was a need to decentralise the management of Covid-19 patients, including Covid-19 assessment centres (CACs).

“There is a change in the location of CAC operations in Johor Baru. The two existing CACs, in Bukit Indah and Pasir Gudang, will be closed from this Saturday.

“However, the CAC service will continue to operate at 13 government health clinics in the district,” he added.

Vidyananthan also urged those who tested positive for Covid-19 to obtain a health assessment status notification by visiting where a health officer would contact them within 48 hours with the appointment date and location of clinics.

“I would like to remind the public that walk-in attendance at these clinics is not allowed.

“For other districts in Johor, there is no change to their respective CAC locations for now,” he said, adding that any update would be communicated from time to time.

Vidyananthan also said that 358,437 out of the estimated 359,900 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 in Johor had registered for their vaccination via MySejahtera.

“As of Wednesday, a total of 254,625 or 70% of youths aged 18 and under in the state have already received their first dose. A total of 7,225 have completed their second dose.

“For the adult population, some 2.79 million individuals or 93.8% have received their first dose while 2.31 million of them have completed their vaccination,” he added.

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