Hospital bed usage for Covid-19 remains low

KUALA LUMPUR: The utilisation of hospital beds for Covid-19 remained low with only 16 per cent of the 10,290 allocated beds being utilised.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in addition, so far only 12 per cent of the 760 allocated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and only two per cent or 127 quarantine and treatment centre (PKRC) beds were occupied as of Friday.

In a statement today, he said none of the states has a utilisation rate of over 50 per cent for both normal and ICU beds.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the national infectivity rate or Rt was at 0.80 yesterday.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 claimed 12 lives yesterday, pushing the overall fatality from the coronavirus to 35,482 deaths.

The 12 fatalities, including two brought in-dead (BID) cases, were three each reported in Johor and Melaka, two each in Penang and Selangor as well as one each in Sabah and Sarawak.

Meanwhile, the number of active Covid-19 cases nationwide continued to see a drop with the number of infections currently at 85,403 as of Friday.

Data on CovidNow showed that almost 98 per cent of the cases or 83,528 people are currently under home quarantine, 1.9 per cent are receiving treatment at hospitals, 0.1 per cent at Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) while another 0.1 per cent are warded at intensive care units (ICU).

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded 6,342 fresh cases and 9,111 recoveries on April 22, taking the overall total to 4,421,443 and 4,300,558, respectively.

Of the 6,342 fresh cases, only 42 cases are in Categories 3, 4 and 5 of which 14 are fully vaccinated, 15 are fully vaccinated with booster and 13 either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated.

91 Covid-19 cases are being treated at the ICU, with 61 patients on ventilators.

Dr Noor Hisham said two Covid-19 clusters were identified yesterday, an education cluster and a high-risk group cluster, in Sabah and Perak respectively.

He said with the two new clusters, the ministry is now monitoring 100 active clusters nationwide.

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