worst scenario new Variant of Concern VOC Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the Covid-19 updates in the country. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 08 MAY 2021. Covid-19 new daily cases
Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Health (MOH) projected that the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the community, especially several Variants of Concern (VOC) that has been infecting the country recently would further increase the Covid-19 positive cases.

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham said that the sudden surge of cases has a given huge pressure to the national healthcare system.

“These VOC are linked to the faster infection and higher death rate,” he said in a statement today.

At the same time, Dr Noor Hisham also voiced his concerns over the rise on the number of Covid-19 positive cases being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and required respiratory support recently.

“The country is still recording four-digit daily Covid-19 cases with over 40,000 active cases.

“Most of the government and even the private hospitals, Quarantine Centres and Low-Risk Covid-19 Treatment Centres (PKRC) nationwide have reached their maximum capacity,” he said.

Therefore, he recommended the public to practice self-movement control, especially during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

According to Noor Hisham, employers are also encouraged to allow their employees to work from home (WFH) and to limit the number of workers in the office at a time.

The MOH has recorded 47 Covid-19 deaths, the highest death toll record. Besides that, 531 cases are currently undergoing treatment at the ICU while 277 require respiratory support. –MalaysiaGazette

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