COVID-19 cases increased 29.5% , death cases decreased 23.1% in ME51- Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR: The number of COVID-19 cases in the 51st Epidemiology Week (ME51) from 17th-22nd Dec. had increased to 22,413 compared to 17,307 cases recorded in the week before.

Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad said, the increase of cases recorded in ME51 compared to ME51 was 29.5 percent.

“For the same period, the number of COVID-19 death cases recorded had decreased by 23.1 percent from 26 to 20 cases,” he said in a statement Saturday.

However, he said the total number of COVID-19 patients entering the health facilities in ME50 compared to ME49 that was utilising the beds for non-critical cases had increased to 1.5 percent and the bed utilisation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) increased to 3.6 percent.

Meanwhile, for the COVID-19 vaccine, only 50 people had taken the first booster dose on 22nd Dec. while 120 were given the second booster dose.

The Health Minister also mentioned that only 16,347,130 Malaysians (50.1 percent) from the whole population had received the first booster dose while 828,686 Malaysians (2.5 percent) received the second booster dose.

According to Dr. Dzulkefly, the Health Ministry continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will take reasonable and immediate action when necessary.

“The Health Ministry advises the people to practise good self-assessment and control including ensuring self -cleanliness to avoid from being infected with contagious diseases including COVID-19,” he reiterated.

He stressed that members of the public should carry out the civic responsibility to protect not only individually but family and the whole community especially the high risk groups. –Malaysia World News


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