People aged 40 to 50 more likely to fill the ICU than senior citizens aged 60 and above –Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA JULY 21: Malaysia has recorded 199 death cases – the highest since the COVID-19 pandemic started early last year, bringing the cumulative total to 7,440 or 0.78 per cent involving 173 citizens and 26 foreigners.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the deaths were 84 cases in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur (57), Melaka (16), Kedah (12), Negeri Sembilan (7), six cases each in Johor and Pahang, Terengganu (3), two cases each in Penang, Perak and Kelantan, one case each in Sabah and Sarawak.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, from 11,985 new COVID-19 cases reported today, 65 cases (0.5 per cent) were from category 5 which is critical and in need of respiratory assistance, 45 cases (0.4 per cent) from category 4 (pneumonia and in need of oxygen aids), 178 cases (1.5 per cent) category 3 (pneumonia), 5,847 cases (48.7 per cent) category 2 (mild symptoms) and 5,850 cases (48.9 per cent) category 1 (asymptomatic).

“This is based on their clinical condition when newly diagnosed with COVID-19. Some of them remained in the same category throughout the period of infection and some have changed their health status either improving to a lower category or declining to a higher category,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

He added, overall only 2.4 per cent of cases reported today are in categories 3 to 5 and 97.6 per cent of cases in categories 1 and 2, when first diagnosed.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has taken the approach for category 1 and 2 cases that are of low risk and have a suitable residence for quarantine/isolation to stay at home.

“This can help reduce congestion at the COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and hospitals. Cases in categories 3 to 5 will be admitted to PKRC, hospital wards, and also the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital.

“Looking at the situation where the number of daily cases remains high, the beds in the hospital especially the ICU wards are full.

From the reports received by the National CPRC and the Hospital Services CPRC, younger age groups in the 40s and 50s are seen to be more likely to fill the ICU than senior citizens aged 60 and above.

“This situation proves that the vaccine has helped reduce COVID-19 infection among the vulnerable and elderly.

“MOH would like to continue to call on Malaysians especially from the age group of 18 to 59 years to register and get the COVID-19 vaccine according to the appointment set,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

He added, the total number of new cases today has brought the cumulative total to 951,884 with 137,587 active cases.

On another development, 30 new clusters were formed yesterday and out of which 17 had been created at the work places, community (8); high risk groups (2); religion (2) and private educational institution (1).

Meanwhile states contributing to the new COVID-19 cases including the infectivity rate are Selangor with 5,550 (1.15); Kuala Lumpur 1,174 (1.08); Johor 644 (1.20); Sabah 474 (1.25); Sarawak 26.1 (0.95); Negeri Sembilan 745 (1.14); Pulau Pinang 362 (1.22); Kelantan 386 (1.10); Kedah 800 (1.23); Perak 274 (1.13); Melaka 453 (1.12); Pahang 603 (1.14); Terengganu 171 (1.31); Labuan 35 (0.75); Putrajaya 51 (1.19) and Perlis 2 (0).

Based on the latest data on 20th July 2021, Malaysia’s COVID-19 infectivity rate today is 1.12.-Malaysia World News

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