Health Ministry: Covid-19 claims 73 more lives in Malaysia, 905 now in ICU

Workers wearing personal protective equipment recite a prayer after burying a person who died from Covid-19 at the Muslim cemetery in Gombak June 8, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
Workers wearing personal protective equipment recite a prayer after burying a person who died from Covid-19 at the Muslim cemetery in Gombak June 8, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — Another 73 people nationwide died from Covid-19 today, raising the cumulative fatality count to 5,327 since the disease spread in Malaysia last year.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced that 905 Covid-19 patients have been warded in the intensive care units (ICU).

He said 443 of those in ICU needed ventilators.

Dr Noor Hisham also highlighted that the country’s brought-in dead (BID) rate recorded an increase.

“As of July 2, 2021, the MOH has recorded a total of 5,327 deaths (0.70 per cent) since the Covid-19 pandemic hit our country.

“Meanwhile, a total of 4,856 (91.2 per cent) deaths were reported in 2021. Of the total deaths in 2021, a total of 670 (13.8 per cent) deaths before arrival at the hospital (BID) were reported.

“The National CPRC (Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre) analysis also found that there was an increase in the trend of BID death cases which was seven times from April (35 cases) to June 2021 (246 cases),” he said in a statement today.

Of today’s deaths, 43 were from the at-risk category of those above 60 years old. Six were aged 40 and below, including a 24-year-old man who died at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan in Kuantan, Pahang.

Thirteen were brought in dead.

All but nine of the deceased were Malaysians.

Only 12 did not have pre-existing health problems.

“A total of 73 death cases today involving 29 cases in Selangor, 13 cases in Negri Sembilan, five cases each in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, four cases each in Sarawak, Johor and Pahang, three cases in Labuan, two cases each in Penang and Kelantan, as well as one case each in Melaka and Kedah,” he said in a statement.

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