NST: COVID-19 Hospital admissions on the rise

KUALA LUMPUR: Covid-19 admissions to public healthcare facilities, active cases and new infections are on the rise during the 25th epidemiological week (EW25), between June 19 and June 25.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said admissions to hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) per 100,000 population had increased 11 per cent compared with the week before.

"Covid-19 patients being admitted to the hospitals per 100,000 people had increased 28 per cent with Category 1 and 2 patients up by 14 per cent while Category 3, 4, and 5 saw a 45 per cent increase," he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the utilisation rate of the normal beds, intensive care units and PKRCs, however, remained the same in EW25.

He said cases being monitored by Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) nationwide were also rising.

"The number of patients turning up at CACs had increased 22 per cent, while new cases undergoing isolation at home increased 16.5 per cent. Covid-19 cases being referred to hospitals and PKRCs also increased 18.9 per cent.

"The week before (EW24), the CAC recorded 4,132 cases, home isolation logged 2,297 cases while public healthcare facilities received 137 referred cases.

"During EW25, cases turned up at CAC rose to 5,043, those under home surveillance increased to 3,026 while 163 cases were referred to hospitals or PKRCs," said Dr Noor Hisham.

He added that cases monitored by virtual CAC had increased from 27,247 in EW24 to 34,639 in EW25.

This, the health director-general said, also reflected the average active cases in EW25 had increased by 12.1 per cent to 26,946.

Dr Noor Hisham said new infections also showed an upward trend with a 10.9 per cent increase from 14,195 in EW24 to 15,201 the following week.

"There was a slight increase in terms of local transmissions from 14,187 to 15,201, but the imported cases saw a significant leap from only eight cases to 538 cases."

On fatalities, he said there was a downward trend with 21 deaths reported in EW24 while 13 were reported in EW25. He added that the average infectivity rate (Rt) had also reduced by 1.9 per cent from 1.08 to 1.06.

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