The Intensive Care Unit’s in Malaysia are struggling very hard to contain the sharp rise Covid cases, the health director general has warned, as the country is preparing to enter a complete lockdown from Tuesday.
Last year, Malaysia managed and controlled the pandemic very well. But this year’s outbreak fueled by different infectious variants has been quite a struggle for the country. Reportedly, the spread further exacerbated because of Eid-ul-fitr gatherings.
More than 1200 deaths have been recorded, this month alone. When compared to the entire 2020’s 471 deaths, this number is horrific for Malaysia. For five consecutive days, the country has been witnessing high numbers and it was on Saturday, when the highest, 9,020 cases were reported.
The health director general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, reassured the public that extra ICU beds have been installed although some facilities have reached their full capacity. “This has led to patients being treated in normal wards,” he said in a statement on Facebook on Sunday. The sudden rise in cases over the weekend is an indication that patients with severe illness are expected to rise over time, he further added. Hospital morgues have also received additional containers to deal with the rise in deaths.
New lockdown rules to be followed
New rules will be followed from Tuesday. Under new protocol, only two people from each household will be allowed to go out to buy essentials and seek medical treatment, and that also under 10km radius of their home.
Sports activities that don’t involve physical contact such as jogging will be permitted from 7am to 8pm. shopping malls, schools and colleges will be closed.
Most of the manufacturing sector will be allowed to function but under certain protocols such as reduced workforce.
Notably, Malaysia is among several south-east Asian countries that were successful to contain the virus and keep things under control last year but experienced a sudden surge and that’s becoming unmanageable. New infectious variants are spreading at a faster rate as compared to the vaccination campaigns taking place in the country.
According to the Malaysian government, the country will be setting up five more mass vaccination centers in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Adding to this, private doctors will also be lending hands to boost this drive. As per the reports, around 6% of the country’s 32 million population have received at least one vaccine dose. The government has successfully reached 107,000 doses a day last week and the goal is to increase daily doses up to 150,000.