The Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had in a press conference yesterday (2 June) shared that Malaysia has recorded a total of 5,327 deaths as of Friday (2 July) ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started in Malaysia in January 2020.
From the statistics, Dr Noor Hisham said that Malaysia recorded an exponential number of deaths in this year as compared to last year’s 471 deaths. He added that Malaysia recorded 4,856 deaths in this year alone and the number is still growing as we are only halfway through the year.
Nonetheless, he mentioned that MOH has been recording at least 50 new deaths daily since the last week of May and this had contributed to the surge in Covid-19 fatalities.
Yesterday alone, MOH recorded 73 new deaths and 6,982 new Covid-19 cases.
In the press conference, Dr Noor Hisham also said that the country has recorded a sevenfold increase in brought in dead Covid-19 cases since April, which amounts to 670 cases this year.
According to his statistics, he said that there were 35 bought in dead cases reported in April. However, the number rose to 246 in June, according to an analysis by the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).
The analysis shows that majority of these brought in dead cases were from Klang Valley and the victims were largely from the 50 to 70 age group.
“The highest number of brought in dead cases concerned those aged between 60 and 69 (170), followed by the 50 to 59 age group (130), 70 to 79 (106), 80+ (107), 40 to 49 (85), 30 to 39 (46), 20 to 29 (20) and aged below 20 (six cases),” he shared.
On the other hand, Selangor recorded the highest number of brought in dead cases at 181 cases. Followed by Kuala Lumpur recorded 78 cases, Sabah recorded 85 cases, Sarawak recorded 45 cases, Labuan recorded 31 cases, Johor recorded 23 cases, Kelantan recorded 18 cases, Melaka recorded 14 cases, Negri Sembilan recorded 14 cases, Penang recorded 13 cases, Pahang recorded 12 cases, Perak recorded 11 cases with Kedah recording four.
So far, only Perlis and Putrajaya did not register any brought in dead cases this year.
Looking at these worrisome statistics, Dr Noor Hisham advised the people to remain vigilant, especially to those who were tested positive and are under home observation.
He urge the patients or guardians to immediately report and “warning signs” and seek treatment at the nearby health facility immediately. He added that this is a sign that the patient’s condition is worsening.
Meanwhile, he shared the warning signs include prolonged fever, breathing difficulties, chest pain, lack of appetite, worsening fatigue, lack of consciousness and confusion, coughing, vomiting and worsening diarrhoea, less urination, lips or fingers becoming bluish, and oxygen saturation.
“Family members or housemates are advised to be mindful of the condition of patients by utilising communication technology to monitor their health throughout the home quarantine period,” he added.
Watch the press conference here: