Covid-19 situation improving, Malaysia ready to enter endemic phase, says Dr Noor Hisham

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a press conference in Putrajaya August 13, 2021. — Bernama pic
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a press conference in Putrajaya August 13, 2021. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — The improving Covid-19 situation in the country in recent weeks proves that Malaysia and the people are ready to enter the endemic phase said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said this could be seen through the declining trend in average daily cases, the number of clusters and hospital utilisation capacity, while the country registers a high vaccination rate.

He said overall, key indicators including the number of daily cases, active cases, fatalities, cases treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as well as the R-Naught (Rt) rate recorded a consistent decline since the 34th epidemiology week (August 22-28).

He said there was a decline of 23.6 per cent in the number of Covid-19 cases, from 83,368 cases in the 39th epidemiology week to 62,722 cases in the 40th epidemiology week.

“A total of 133,806 active cases were reported in the 40th week, a decline of 21 per cent, compared to the 39th epidemiology week,” he said in a statement on the development of Covid-19 today.

Apart from the daily decline of 0.2 per cent in the country’s Rt rate, he said 700 deaths were recorded with an average of 100 deaths per day in the 40th week, a decline of 50.2 per cent compared to the figure recorded in the 39th epidemiology week.

He said a total of 778 ICU cases were recorded in the 40th epidemiology week, dropping by nine per cent compared to the 39th week, while 331 cases requiring respiratory aid in the 40th week registered an 11.2 per cent drop compared to the number of cases recorded in the 39th week.

Dr Noor Hisham said 79 clusters were reported in the 40th epidemiology week, a decline of 21 per cent compared to the number of clusters reported in the 39th week.

On hospital bed capacity, he said that the Health Ministry had allocated 16,199 beds for the regular wards and 1,514 beds for the ICU wards, of which 8,164 beds were used during the 40th week, a five per cent decline from the previous week.

“In line with the positive development, the people must not be complacent with the country’s Covid-19 situation.

“We must learn from the previous sudden increase in Covid-19 cases that had crippled various economic and social sectors,” he said.

He said through the Reopening Safely initiative, all parties should play a role in breaking the Covid-19 chain by adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enhancing the TRIIS (Test, Report, Isolate, Inform, and Seek) self-assessment especially when state borders reopened today. — Bernama

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