Covid Cases Reducing In Malaysia Says DG
Malaysia recently recorded a declining trend in COVID-19 cases since the 34th epidemiology week (ME).
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director General, stated that new COVID-19 cases decreased by 20.7 percent in the 42nd ME (October 17 to 23), from 52,321 cases in the 41st ME to 41,508 cases in the 42nd ME (42nd ME).
source - the straits times
“The average active cases also showed a decrease of 21 per cent from 105,497 cases (41st ME) to 83,605 cases (42nd ME) while deaths dropped by 16.4 per cent from 593 cases (41st ME) to 496 cases (42nd ME).”
“For cases requiring treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), it declined by 16.5 percent that is 684 cases (41st ME) to 571 cases (42nd ME), while cases requiring respiratory assistance decreased by 14.4 per cent that is 292 cases (4st ME) to 250 cases (42nd ME) with the Covid-19 infectivity or R-naught (Rt) rate remaining stable at 0.88,” he said in a statement today.
Furthermore, he said that for the 42nd ME, a total of 56 clusters including workplaces (35), communities (nine), educational centres (seven), high-risk groups (three), and religious activities (two) were recorded.
Dr. Noor Hisham said that although most Southeast Asian countries have seen a decline in COVID-19 cases lately, two neighbouring countries, Singapore and Brunei, have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.
He said that the two countries had a greater case rate per million people than Malaysia (180.91 cases), with Singapore having 584.86 cases and Brunei having 499.88 cases.
“Therefore, although Malaysia shows a decline in cases, compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) must continue to be practiced to avoid a spike in cases such as in neighbouring countries after the reopening of education and economic sectors."
Meanwhile, he said that the Health Ministry (MOH) has assigned 28,832 beds at COVID-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres, 15,241 normal ward beds, 1,374 ICU ward beds, and 2,861 breathing devices for COVID-19 suspected, likely, and under investigation cases.
Dr. Noor Hisham said that the usage of beds in PKRCs, regular wards, and ICU decreased by four to eight percent in the 42nd ME compared to the 41st ME.
In terms of daily cases, he also said that new COVID-19 cases fell to 4,782 today from 5,666 yesterday, with 7,414 recoveries documented in the previous 24 hours.
He went on to say that six new clusters were discovered today, including three workplaces, two educational institutions, and one community cluster.