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