Malaysia continues to record deaths attributed to Covid-19 past the 300 mark, with 336 new fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours, according to data released by Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today.
This latest figure brings the national Covid-19 death tally to 18,219 since the pandemic began.
In the same 24-hour period, the country recorded 20,396 new infections. This means the total cumulative cases so far stand at 1,844,835.
Currently, there are also 959 individuals being treated in intensive care units (ICU) across Malaysia, of which 436 are on ventilators.
There were 20,396 new Covid-19 infections in the country on Sunday (Sept 5), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).
The Health director-general said, in a tweet, that this brings the total number of cases in Malaysia since the pandemic began to 1,844,835.
Selangor continued to record the most new cases with 3,886 infections, followed by Sarawak (3,747), Johor (2,165) and Sabah (2,136).
Only three localities recorded less than 100 new infections - Perlis with 78 new cases, Putrajaya (25) and Labuan 4.
Bed occupancy rate at intensive care units (ICU) treating Covid-19 patients in the country is at 87 per cent or 1,596 beds used, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
However, based to the data shared by Dr Noor Hisham on social media, ICU beds usage in Kedah, Perak and Sabah are over 100 per cent at 104 beds, 90 beds and 143 beds respectively.
All 11 ICU beds in Perlis are fully utilised, followed by Melaka (98 per cent/90 beds), Selangor (97 per cent/ 335 beds), Kelantan (96 per cent/77 beds), Johor (94 per cent/108 beds) and Penang (94 per cent/ 77 beds), Pahang (79 per cent/ 66 beds), Terengganu (69 per cent/ 39 beds), Kuala Lumpur (66 per cent/210 beds), Sarawak (65 per cent/ 120 beds), Putrajaya (50 per cent/ 20 beds), Negri Sembilan (39 per cent/ 88 beds) and Labuan (0 per cent).
For non-ICU beds, nationwide occupancy rate is at 71 per cent or 18,659 beds used.
A more simplified and easily understandable Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) will be among the Health Ministry’s immediate “to-do” list.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin lamented that Malaysians have to scour through “mountains of pages” to understand what the SOP is for various situations in the country.
“Right now, people have to spend a lot of time going through the list finding out what’s happening,” said Khairy during a media interview on what the ministry’s plans are for the next 100 days.
Khairy said the ministry intends to make it clear for the public to know what they should do or can do in different levels of the Covid-19 outbreak.
As Malaysia prepares to transition from the Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic phase, the Health Ministry wants to ensure the reopening of sectors is done in a careful manner.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in the next two months, Malaysians will be adjusting themselves towards the “living with the virus” mindset that the government is advocating.
“The Health Ministry is committed to opening up responsibly and in a safe manner. Once we reach the endemic phase, more sectors will open up completely.
“We are targeting by the end of October. The Cabinet will decide at that time when the endpoint will be,” said Khairy, at a media interview on his ministry’s plans for the next 100 days.
Five buildings deemed at risk in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, here, which are located near the area of the landslide that destroyed a Health Ministry medicine storage facility last night, have been vacated as a safety measure.
Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the five buildings were located in the hospital’s C complex, namely the Medicine and Consumable store, Chronic Treatment Ward, Rehabilitation Ward, Tuberculosis Clinic and the Sleep Lab.
He said that the 20 metre-wide landslide also caused structural damage to the Sleep Lab building and the Hospital Support Services (HSS) store.
“The hospital has also cordoned off the landslide area and covered the site with canvas. Several measures will be taken, including immediate repair works by the Public Works Department and special welfare assistance for employees affected by the incident.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today his key performance index (KPI) for the Ministry of Health (MOH) after taking over its portfolio includes ensuring 80 per cent of the adult population be fully vaccinated in his first 100 days.
In a press conference, the Rembau MP added that vaccinations for those aged between 12 to 17 will also begin next week.
“We will announce the target for teenagers soon, based on the vaccine supply we have. Vaccination for teenagers will begin in Sarawak, as they have reached 80 per cent full vaccination among adults.
“I hope that within these 100 days, as many teenagers as possible get vaccinated so that when school begins again, these teens will be fully vaccinated,” he said.
The country added 19,057 cases to the Covid-19 tally as of noon today but for the second day straight the number of infections have dropped below the 20,000 mark, bolstering hope that the outbreak would stabilise soon.
The densely populated state of Selangor still contributes the largest share of cases, at 3775, but still had a visible drop from recent days.
Three states — Sabah, Johor, and Sarawak — all registered cases above the 2,000 mark in the last 24 hours, while Penang, Kelantan, Perak and Kedah recorded cases above 1,000 respectively, in a sign that states outside the central region could be hit by yet another wave of infections.
Several localities in Lipis, Pahang will be placed under the enhanced movement control order beginning Sept 5.
The affected areas are Pekan Padang Tengku, Kampung Baru, Taman Bakti and Taman Dahlia at the Gua sub-district.
Also to be placed under lockdown are two localities in Perak - Taman Samudera in Seri Manjung and Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Cincin in Batang Padang.
The enhanced MCO will be for 14 days until Sept 18.
Malaysia’s Covid-19 infectivity rate or R0 (R-naught) has come down to below 1.0 for two days straight, with a reading of 0.97 on Friday (Sept 3).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the decreasing infectivity rate was a positive sign.
"This is a positive sign as many economic and social sectors have been opened recently and the situation looks controlled, and shows it is gradually becoming better.
Thirty-four new clusters were identified on Friday (Sept 3), bringing the number of active clusters nationwide to 1,476.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 20 of the clusters were workplace clusters, eight were community clusters, four were high-risk clusters, one education cluster and one religious cluster involving 1,109 cases.
"A total of 764 cases were attributed to workplace clusters, while 236 cases were recorded within the community clusters.
Malaysia has 19,378 more cases of Covid-19 on Friday (Sept 3), the Health Ministry reported.
Cumulatively, Malaysia has had 1,805,382 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.
In the same 24-hour period, there were 330 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 17,521.
There were also 22,399 recoveries, which means 1,528,672 have recovered from the disease nationwide.