In just the first 9 days of 2021, Malaysia recorded 71 Covid-19 deaths
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Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has warned Malaysians that the “worst is yet to come” after Malaysia recorded a total 513 deaths to Covid-19 on 9 January.
In a Facebook post composed around 1.30am, the Health DG pleaded for Malaysians to comply with SOPs in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
He outlined that the country’s Covid-19 deaths have continually increased ever since the year began. A total of 71 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as of 9 January 2021 – a stark contrast to the first 9 months of 2020 where Malaysia had under 100 deaths.
“I fear the worst is yet to come,” Dr Noor Hisham commented.
Frontliners are struggling
He also highlighted the struggles and difficulties faced by the Health Ministry (MOH) frontliners in handling the burial process of patients who succumbed to the virus.
It is not easy for MOH staff to manage the remains of Covid-19 patients. They have to wear PPE under the scorching heat drenched in sweat until the completion of the Covid-19 patient’s burial.Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director-General via Facebook.
Dr Noor Hisham hoped for people to understand the challenges and trials faced by each and every frontliner and pleaded for Malaysians to do their part.
Let us help the country by taking care of ourselves (kita jaga kita), and taking care of our families. May we all be protected from the tragedy of Covid-19.Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director-General via Facebook.
Malaysia could face 8,000 daily Covid-19 cases by March as MOH nears “breaking point”
Earlier this week, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had warned that we might be looking at around 8,000 Covid-19 cases daily around March if the basic reproduction number (R-naught or R0) increases to 1.2.
He also admitted that the healthcare system was struggling to cope with the number of patients and at a “breaking point” as cases continue to rise.
At the time of writing, Malaysia has a total of 26,185 active Covid-19 cases where 177 patients are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
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