Ministry health

Before Aidiladha, the Ministry of Health sees a general increase in Covid-19 cases, deaths; hospitalization up to 22pc

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the admission of patients with Covid-19 to public hospitals per 100,000 people had increased by 22%. — Photo by Miera Zulyana

By Zarah Morden

Monday, July 04, 2022 3:40 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 – Malaysia recorded an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to public hospitals between June 26 and July 2, known as the 26th epidemiological week.

In a statement today, Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the admission of Covid-19 patients to government hospitals per 100,000 population had increased by 22%.

He added that the number of new infections had also increased by 6.1% during the same period, compared to the previous epidemiological week.

The number of deaths during the 26th EW doubled from 13 to 26, Dr Noor Hisham said.

Likewise, he said there had been a nationwide increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases monitored by Covid-19 assessment centres.

He said the number of patients undergoing self-monitoring at home had also increased by around 22.9%.

The latest increase in statistics comes as the Ministry of Health reminded Malaysians to beware of two new sub-variants of the Covid-19 Omicron strain which appear to be spreading in the country ahead of Hari Raya Aidiladha also known as Hari Raya Korban and Hari Raya Haji on July 10.

The ministry said the new subvariants, called Omicron BA.4 and Omicron BA.5, are more contagious than other Omicron subvariants.