20,780 new COVID-19 cases, husbands should help their pregnant wives to be vaccinated – DG

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PUTRAJAYA AUG.11: The Ministry of Health (MOH) calls on all pregnant mothers to get the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk of complications if infected with COVID-19.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham said, husbands must support their spouses to ensure that they receive the COVID-19 vaccination and should be completed before entering the final phase of pregnancy which is the third trimester.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, pregnant mothers who have not received an appointment for vaccination can contact the nearest health clinic to expedite the appointment process.

“As of 9th August 2021, 70 maternal deaths due to complications of COVID-19 infection have been reported compared to no cases of maternal deaths due to complications of COVID-19 infection reported in 2020.

“For 2021, the average COVID-19 cases from January to May are two cases per month.

However, there has been a sharp increase in deaths reported since June 2021 involving 17 cases. Data showed two cases out of the total had received the first dose of the vaccine while 15 other cases had not received any COVID-19 vaccine. Based on information, 47 per cent of reported deaths have co morbidities,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

The Director General of Health also highlighted as of 8th Aug. 2021, a total of 146.759 pregnant women were enrolled in MySejahtera for COVID-19 vaccination since the campaign motherization was initiated at the end of June 2021.

“From this, 83,251 or 57 or per cent of pregnant women received at least one dose vaccine. Twenty (20) per cent of pregnant women have completely received two doses of the vaccine.

“Based on the estimated number of pregnant women a year, the percentage of pregnant women who register to get the vaccine on the MySejahtera application is still low at 40 per cent,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

Meanwhile, on the latest development of COVID-19, the daily new cases has recorded 20,780 adding to the cumulative total to 1,320,547 with 17,973 were discharged bringing the cumulative total to 1,075,816 or 81.5 per cent.

However, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 233,358 are active cases while 1,053 have been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 546 requiring respiratory aids.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, 211 death cases were reported today bringing the death toll to 11,373 or 0.86 per cent involving 184 citizens and 27 foreigners while 16 were brought in dead (BID) affecting 10 citizens and six non-citizens.

Of the 20,780 daily cases reported today, 400 cases or 1.9 per cent are from categories 3, 4 and 5. While another 20,380 cases or 98.1 per cent are from categories 1 and 2. This is based on the current clinical condition of the newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

Some of the cases remained in the same category throughout the period of infection, however some also changed the health status of the cases either improving to a lower category or declining to a higher category.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, only 5,138 or 24.7 per cent of the total cases reported today had a history of COVID-19 immunization.

A total of 211 death cases today involving 79 cases in Selangor, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (41), Kedah (21), Johor (16), Sabah (13), Negeri Sembilan (8) and Terengganu respectively and seven cases each in Pulau Pinang and Perak, Melaka (6), and Pahang (5).

Based on the latest data on 10th August 2021, the value of RT or infectivity rate of Malaysia is 1.07. The states that recorded the highest RT value were Perlis (1.37) followed by Kelantan (1.21), and Sabah (1.16).

All states recorded RTs above 1.0 except the Federal Territory of Labuan and the Federal Territory of Putrajaya.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, 31 new clusters have been reported today involving 18 at work places, 11 in the community and two in high risk groups.

States contributing to the new COVID-19 cases are Selangor with 6,897, Kuala Lumpur (2,019), Kedah (1,325), Johor (1,196), Sabah (1,165), Negeri Sembilan (916), Kelantan (845), Pulau Pinang (840), Perak (715), Sarawak (606), Pahang (516), Melaka (488), Terengganu (439), Putrajaya (65), Perlis (15) and Labuan (12).-Malaysia World News


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