Malaysia Ready To Transition Into Endemic Covid19 Phase Says DG Hisham

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  • DG Hisham said that this can be observed in the declining trend of average daily cases, clusters, and hospital capacity usage, amid the country’s high vaccination rate. 
  • Malaysia records a decreasing trend in hospitalization and ICU hospital bed usage, alongside reducing trends of patients requiring respiratory assistance in hospitals.

Malaysia Ready To Transition Into Endemic Covid19 Phase Says DG Hisham

The recent progress in the country’s Covid-19 status demonstrates that Malaysia and its people are prepared to enter the endemic phase, according to Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said that this can be observed in the declining trend of average daily cases, clusters, and hospital capacity usage, amid the country’s high vaccination rate.

He said that from the 34th epidemiological week (Aug 22-28), key metrics such as daily cases, active cases, deaths, cases treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), and the R-Naught (Rt) rate have all shown a continuous decrease .

He said that the number of Covid-19 cases decreased by 23.6 percent, from 83,368 cases in the 39th epidemiology week to 62,722 cases in the 40th epidemiological week.

“A total of 133,806 active cases were reported in the 40th week, a decline of 21%, compared to the 39th epidemiology week," DG Hisham commented in a statement regarding the development of Covid-19 on Monday Oct 1.

Apart from the daily reduction of 0.2 percent in the country’s Rt rate, he added 700 fatalities were reported in the 40th week, an average of 100 per day, a decrease of 50.2 percent from the 39th epidemiological week.

He said that 778 ICU cases were reported in the 40th epidemiological week, a decrease of 9% from the 39th week, while 331 cases needing respiratory assistance were documented in the 40th week, a decrease of 11.2 percent from the 39th week.

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Dr Noor Hisham said that 79 clusters were recorded in the 40th epidemiological week, a decrease of 21% from the 39th week.

On hospital bed capacity, he said that the Health Ministry had allotted 16,199 standard ward beds and 1,514 ICU ward beds, of which 8,164 beds were used during the 40th week, a 5% decrease from the previous week.

“In line with the positive development, the people must not be complacent with the country’s Covid-19 situation.”

“We must learn from the previous sudden increase in Covid-19 cases that had crippled various economic and social sectors," DG Hisham emphasised.

He said that all parties should contribute to breaking the Covid-19 chain by following standard operating procedures (SOP) and improving the TRIIS (Test, Report, Isolate, Inform, and Seek) self-assessment, particularly as state borders reopened on 11th October.

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