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We’re Ready For The Endemic, Says Health DG After Malaysia’s Covid-19 Situation Improves

We’re Ready For The Endemic, Says Health DG After Malaysia’s Covid-19 Situation Improves

Stats show that daily and active cases, deaths and ICU hospitalisations are slowing down.

Hakim Hassan

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Malaysia has shown improvements in the fight against Covid-19 in recent weeks, which to some extent indicates the readiness of the country and society to enter the endemic phase, according to Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham.

Overall, he said in a statement that the Ministry found a declining trend since the 34th epidemiological week for key indicators such as daily cases, active cases, deaths, ICU cases, and those in need of breathing aids.

Epidemiological weeks are used by health professionals to standardise time for disease monitoring purposes.

Daily cases have dropped

Below are the stats on the 40th Epidemiological Week which is from 3 October 2021 to 9 October 2021:

  • There were a total of 63,722 Covid-19 cases that were reported compared to 83,368 cases reported in the 39th week (a decrease of 23.6%). This decline has also occurred consistently over the past six weeks
  • A total of 133,806 active cases were reported in the 40th week (a decrease of 21.0% compared to the 39th week)
  • 700 deaths with an average of 100 deaths per day in the 40th week (a decrease of 50.2% compared to the previous week)
  • 778 cases requiring treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (a 9.0% decrease)
  • 331 cases requiring respiratory assistance (a decrease of 11.2% over the 39th epidemiological week);
  • Decrease in R – Naught (Rt) value of 0.2% per day.

Clusters are decreasing

Dr Noor said that there were a total of 79 clusters reported in the 40th epidemiological week which is a 21% decrease compared to the previous week.

Here’s the breakdown for those clusters:

  • workplace – 46 clusters
  • community – 25 clusters
  • high-risk groups – 6 clusters
  • religious – 5 clusters

Vaccinations are going well

As of October 10, 2021, Dr Noor said, a total of 24,963,595 individuals have registered for the Covid-19 vaccination and mentioned that more than half of the total population have been fully vaccinated.

As announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday, 90% of the adult population has received a complete Covid-19 vaccine injection. Meanwhile, 65.2% of the total population have completed their Covid-19 vaccine injection.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham

Hospitalisation cases have also gone down

Hospitals have also seen a decrease in the number of patients in recent weeks according to the Health DG.

In total, he said, there are 16,199 regular ward beds and 1,514 ICU ward beds have been allocated by the MOH to treat COVID-19 patients and out of that number:

  • A total of 8,164 beds were used during the 40th week compared to the previous week – (5% decrease);
  • 16,912 beds were used at the Covid-19 Low Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) – (3% decrease).
  • 831 ICU beds have been utilised this week (7% decrease)
  • 1,267 public breathing aids were used – (3% decrease).

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