Malaysia COVID cases surge, hospitals running out of beds

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PETALING JAYA: Usage of Beds in hospitals` Intensive Care Unites (ICU) has already reached almost 90% capacity in Klang Valley and 74% nationwide, as of Tuesday (May 18), according to Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

The hospitals` beds in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, Sarawak, and Negri Sembilan are almost full; more than 80% of Covid-19 ICU beds are already used.

“Covid-19 hospitals have increased the number of ICU beds allocated for Covid-19 patients through the repurposing of ordinary wards.

“However, this has also reduced the chances of non Covid-19 patients to receive proper care, ” Dr Noor Hisham hinted said in a statement on Facebook today.

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Dr Noor Hisham said the surge in Covid cases is affecting the national healthcare system and he urged the public to share responsibility to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

“Now more than ever, the rakyat are important frontliners and must continue staying at home if there are no urgent matters outside.

“We have no choice; kita mesti jaga kita!,” he said.

Yesterday,  Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned over the emergence of new Variants of Concern ( South-Africa and Indian Variants) that is spreading faster all over the world.

He said these variants spread rapidly, and most individuals infected with these variants did not show symptoms. 

“Some patients also don’t show Covid-19 common symptoms such as loss of smell or taste. However, these new variants spread quickly to the lungs.

“A large number of patients also don’t have a fever although there are signs of pneumonia detected through X-ray scan,” he said.

So far, three people in Malaysia have been detected with South African variant (B.1.351) and the Indian variant (B.1.617.1).

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