Phase two of the Pusat Kuarantin dan Rawatan Covid-19 (PKRC) at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps) has greatly expanded its capacity by 3,032 beds to make up a total of 6,132 beds.
The Health Ministry, in a tweet this afternoon, quoted Deputy Director General (Medical) Dr Rohaizat Yon saying the opening of the new hall at Maeps was to accommodate the persistent increase in Covid-19 cases.
Kapasiti katil PKRC MAEPS 2.0 fasa kedua ditambah 3,032 katil menjadikan 6,132 katil, setakat ini.
Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Perubatan), Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon berkata pembukaan dewan baharu di MAEPS itu susulan peningkatan kes #COVID19 yang berterusan. pic.twitter.com/2PL7fb9xdJ
— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) December 28, 2020
"Bed capacity may be increased to 10,000 beds according to current needs," he said.
Dr Rohaizad clarified that the PKRC Maeps 2.0 reopened on Dec 9 to accommodate category one and category two non-Malaysian patients.
The announcement on Twitter also prompted a user to ask if Malaysia was being over-charitable to non-nationals and if the government had already secured enough beds and a budget for its own citizens.
To this, the official Twitter account replied that Malaysian citizens would be treated in hospitals instead.
Earlier today Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was reported as saying that individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 but are asymptomatic would have to self-isolate at home for a few days before being taken to hospitals due to the insufficient number of beds.
Noor Hisham said this was because the ministry is dealing with quadruple-digit cases a day.
“This happened in Sabah too. We are talking about more than 1,000 cases a day. This is because of increased testing among foreign workers and, as expected, more cases are being diagnosed.
“Foreign workers have no place to be isolated in... we have thousands here. We are increasing the number of beds to 10,000,” he reportedly said.
Noor Hisham was responding to a complaint by a business owner who alleged that two of her employees who tested positive for Covid-19 were yet to be contacted or taken to government hospitals.
The Health Ministry yesterday reported 1,196 new Covid-19 cases with Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, and Johor all recording more than 100 new infections.
This brings the country's cumulative cases to 105,096 versus cumulative recoveries of 84,411.
There have been a total of 452 fatalities in Malaysia from the disease which has claimed more than 1.77 million lives around the world.