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How Malaysia Faced Covid Over The 4-Day Raya Weekend

How Malaysia Faced Covid Over The 4-Day Raya Weekend

Daily deaths reached all-time high with 44 on third day of Raya.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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Daily new cases consistently above 4,000

In total there were 16,888 new Covid-19 cases, 14,959 new recovered cases and 141 deaths caused by Covid-19 in Malaysia over the 4-day Raya weekend.

The highest number of cases was recorded on the first day of Raya with 4,855 cases, followed by the highest number of recovered cases on the second day of Raya with 4,190 cases, and the highest number of deaths on record, 44, on the third day of Raya.

Deaths outside of the hospitals increasing

(Photo via Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s Twitter account)

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director General at the Health Ministry in a Tweet stated that recently there have been more cases of deaths outside of hospitals in the Klang Valley.

When the bodies are brought to the hospital, a Covid-19 test is given and a post-mortem is performed.

At the same time, intensive care units (ICU) to treat Covid-19 patients at government hospitals are running out of space.

ICUs are filling up

According to the Health DG, 80% of the ICUs in hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Sarawak, Kedah, and Perak are currently being used to treat patients with Covid-19 and some hospitals are already at full capacity.

Containers for the dead

Today, it has been reported that special containers were provided by the Forensic Department of Sungai Buloh Hospital as additional storage for the bodies of those who died because of Covid-19.

(Photo via Ministry of Health’s Twitter account)

In the statement, the Health Ministry also said that over 80% of the Covid-19-related deaths in the country are of senior citizens with one or more chronic illness or comorbidity. They added that the cause of most of the infections is close family members.

These events highlight the importance of following the SOP, especially for those who are living with those of high risk, and how critical it is for the elderly to get the vaccine.

Get vaccinated

Currently, Malaysia is in the second phase of its National Covid-19 Immunisation program which focuses on the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and the differently-abled (OKU).

At the same time, an open registry for the vaccine has been made available for those in the Klang Valley, where the pandemic has hit the hardest, and soon to other areas as well.

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