MOH: 272 more Covid-19 deaths as fatality rate approaches 1pc of total cases

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Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) bury a person who died from Covid-19 at the Meru Christian Cemetery in Klang, August 9, 2021. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) bury a person who died from Covid-19 at the Meru Christian Cemetery in Klang, August 9, 2021. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Daily Covid-19 related deaths dropped to 272 fatalities today after reporting more than 300 deaths over the last three days.

A tweet by the Ministry of Health showed the nation’s Covid-19 death toll now standing at 18,491 deaths, with a fatality rate of 0.99 per cent.

From today’s tally, 81 deaths were of victims brought in dead (BID) involving 56 locals and 25 non-locals.

Meanwhile, MOH revealed there are 975 patients currently warded in Intensive Care Units (ICU) nationwide, with 435 of them who are intubated.

Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his full statement later revealed how Selangor and Johor reported the most deaths today with 63 each.

This is followed by 31 deaths in Sabah, 21 in Kuala Lumpur, 20 more in Penang, 17 in Sarawak and 14 deaths in Kedah.

Nine deaths were reported in Negri Sembilan, eight in Kelantan, seven in Terengganu, six deaths each in Melaka and Pahang.

A total of 19 deaths in Selangor were of those BID, with four in Johor, one each in Sabah and Penang, and two BID cases in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Noor Hisham also revealed how Perlis and Penang are the two states that have surpassed their non-ICU bed capacity with 830 or 122 per cent usage in Penang, and 195 beds or 109 per cent usage in Perlis.

Meanwhile, ICUs in Penang are at 94 per cent capacity with 77 beds currently used, while Perlis has 11 patients, effectively utilising 82 per cent of ICU beds within the state.

Dr Noor Hisham also reported three states which have breached the 100 per cent capacity of ICUs within the state, namely Kedah, Kelantan and Perak.

A total of 104 patients are warded in ICUs in Kedah translating to 123 per cent of the state’s capacity, 77 more in Kelantan which is at 103 per cent capacity, and Perak which has 90 ICU patients or 108 per cent of its statewide capacity.

Additionally, Dr Noor Hisham reports how ICUs in states such as Selangor with 335 patients (96 per cent), Johor with 108 patients (96 per cent), and Penang with 77 ICU patients (94 per cent) are coming close to reaching maximum capacity in these specialised treatment wards.

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