Malaysia ICUs at 90% Capacity Amid Delta Outbreak

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health reported about 21,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and intensive care units (ICU) across the country struggle to cope with the influx of patients.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said that with the increase of caseloads that were mostly from the states of Selangor, Sarawak, and Kedah, the overall national occupancy rate for ICU was at 90% as of September 1.

Noor Hisham said three states are currently operating beyond their full capacity – Sabah at 126%, Kedah at 121%, and Perak at 107%. 

Selangor, which has a capacity of 350 ICU beds, was currently at 99% usage while Kelantan, Penang, and Johor were operating close to full capacity at 99%, 95%, and 95% respectively.

Labuan, a state with 94.5% of its adult population were fully vaccinated, reported no patient in its ICU with 18 beds.

Noor Hisham’s tweet came after the newly appointed Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the ministry would provide detailed COVID-19 data and information to the public.

A move to change public perception after the ministry received accusations of being secretive and selective in providing COVID-19 data, The Edge reported.


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