GEORGE TOWN: The intensive care unit (ICU) bed usage in Covid-19 hospitals in Penang is now at 100 per cent while the non-ICU bed usage has breached 70 per cent.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was due to the increase in positive Covid-19 cases statewide in week 18 (between May 2 and May 8), whereby a total of 1,682 cases were reported.
In a statement today, Chow urged those with symptoms to seek treatment and screening immediately.
"Don't delay treatment as there have been many cases before this (sought late treatment) which ended with the patients in more serious conditions, and in some instances, death. We don't want that to happen to our people.
"The increase in cases leads to an increase in the use of the state's medical facilities.
"There are now more than 1,000 active cases, which need monitoring and active management by medical practitioners. This is worrying and we don't what the situation in India to happen here," he said.
Chow said the state Health Department would continue with investigation, contact and case tracing as well as screening in all facilities involved.
He also said that cooperation from all quarters was the most important element in ensuring the success of prevention and control of Covid-19 in the state.
"The war against Covid-19 is far from over," he added.
Meanwhile, Chow also reminded the people to strictly comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) throughout the forthcoming Syawal celebration.