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Klang Valley Hospitals Now At Maximum Capacity

Klang Valley Hospitals Now At Maximum Capacity

The national average of the infectivity rate (Ro/Rt) is now at 1.11.

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Almost all of the hospitals within the Klang Valley now have used up all of their intensive care unit (ICU) beds to treat Covid-19 cases, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Star quoted the Health DG who also said that other hospitals around the country have surpassed 70% usage of ICU beds and the Ministry is now looking for ways to accommodate space to treat those who are in severe stages of the infection.

This includes converting critical care units (CCUs) or normal wards to ICUs.

As such, the Health Ministry has issued letters to hospitals and state health department directors to take action to increase beds and their ICU capacity.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via The Star

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More youths heading to the ICU than ever before

The Health DG said one of the reasons why there’s an increase in patients admitted to the ICU is because of the growing number of younger patients who developed severe symptoms.

Dr Noor Hisham said that the Ministry is looking to study and check the variants of Covid-19 that younger patients were infected with, based on reports from Malay Mail.

In terms of usage of ICUs, yes there is increased usage of ICUs. As I mentioned earlier, apart from the elderly, those who have co-morbidities in ICUs, the younger population is also using ICUs and the severity of cases is much higher and (there’s) resistance to treatment like steroids, etc. So in such cases, we will do the genomic study to prove whether there is a variant infection among them.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via Malay Mail

Another reason why more are being placed in ICU, he said was the increase in Covid-19 cases in Malaysia that are sporadic or which are of unknown sources.

The future looks bleak

Looking into near future, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry expects new cases to reach 5,000 daily by the end of May unless Malaysians do their part and break the chain of infection.

He also tweeted the infectivity rate of the country recently, with the national average now at 1.11.

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