Selangor, Johor, and Penang ICUs Surpass 90% capacity

Malaysia reported that its Intensive Care Units (ICU) in three provinces, Selangor, Johor, and Penang, have surpassed 90% capacity on Sunday.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said that Selangor and Johor are at 96% capacity while Penang has reached 94% on Sunday. 

Dr. Noor Hisham said Malaysia is “not out of the woods yet,” with still overflowing ICU capacity in three states – Kedah at 123%, Perak at 108%, and Kelantan at 103%.

The overall national occupancy rate for ICUs was at 86% as of September 4, CNA reported.

“Of the total cases in ICUs, 959 are positive cases while 379 are suspected cases being investigated,” Dr. Noor Hishan said.

On Monday, the government recorded 17,352 COVID-19 cases adding to the overall total cases of 1,862,187. 

NikkeiAsia reported that Malaysia’s new daily cases remain above 20,000 on average, with over 300 deaths every day despite having one of the world’s fastest vaccine programs where 67% of its adult population has been immunized.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for the Western Pacific region Takeshi Kasai recently warned Malaysia that the “vaccination rate alone” was not enough to judge a country’s control of the spread of the virus.

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