Covid-19: Over half of ICU patients require ventilator support, says Health DG – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: More than half of Covid-19 patients at the intensive care units (ICUs) are facing breathing difficulties and require ventilator support, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“A total of 345 cases require treatment at ICUs, where 175 need ventilator assistance, ” he said in a statement on Sunday (May 2).

Total active cases stand at 30,339.

A total of 3,418 new Covid-19 infections were reported on Sunday. Of the new cases, he said 3,134 involved locals, while 274 were foreigners.

He added that 10 imported cases were recorded involving one local and nine foreigners.

He said Selangor recorded the highest number of new infections with 1,200 cases.

“Of the cases in Selangor, 908 were from clusters and screening of close contacts.

“Sarawak has the second highest number of infections at 587 cases followed by Kelantan with 400 cases, ” he added.

He also said that 12 deaths, involving all locals, were recorded bringing the total number of deaths to 1,533 cases.

Since the pandemic outbreak, he said a total of 415,012 cases were recorded in the country, where 383,140 patients have since recovered.

“There were 2,698 recoveries on Sunday (May 2), bringing the cumulative recoveries to 92.3%, ” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham sounded the alarm in a Facebook post on Sunday (May 2) that government hospitals around the Klang Valley are running out of beds at ICUs to treat critical Covid-19 cases.

Based on statistics from the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, he said that ICU beds in Klang Valley had reached an average usage of 90% on Sunday.

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