The Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said that the Covid-19 situation is showing an improvement in the recent weeks proves that Malaysia and its citizens are ready to enter the endemic phase.
He said this can be seen through the steady declining trend in average daily cases, the number of clusters and hospital utilisation capacity, as the country achieve a high vaccination rate.
He said the key indicators, such as the number of daily cases, active cases, fatalities, cases treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as well as the R-Naught (Rt) rate has showed a consistent decline since the 34th epidemiology week (August 22-28), Bernama reported.
Dr Noor Hisham added that there was a decline of 23.6% 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%, compared to the 39th epidemiology week.” he said.
Apart from the daily decline of 0.2% in the country’s Rt rate, he said that the Ministry has recorded 700 deaths with an average 100 deaths per day in the 40th week, and this represents a 50.2% decline compared to the figure recorded in the 39th epidemiology week.
On the other hand, there were a total of 778 ICU cases being recorded in the 40th epidemiology week, and this is a 9% decline compared to the 39th week.
Meanwhile, there are 331 cases requiring respiratory aid in the 40th week and it is a 11.2% drop compared to the number of cases recorded in the 39th week.
Dr Noor Hisham also mentioned that there were 79 Covid-19 clusters being reported in the 40th epidemiology week, which is a 21% decline when compared to the number of clusters reported in the 39th week.
As for hospital bed capacity, he said that the 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 5% decline from the previous week.
Despite the positive developments, Dr Noor Hisham advised Malaysians to 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 added that the all parties should play a role in breaking the Covid-19 chain under the Reopening Safely initiative.
This would then require Malaysians to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enhance the TRIIS (Test, Report, Isolate, Inform, and Seek) self-assessment.
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