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ICU bed use hit 83 per cent: Dr Noor Hisham - 21/05/2021

KUALA LUMPUR- The Director General of Health confirmed that the use of beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) nationwide reached 83 per cent capacity, on Thursday.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the situation had put the country's health system under tremendous pressure and needed the public's help to break the chain of Covid-19 infection.

Based on the data, a total of 11 states and territories recorded high bed usage in excess of 70 percent.

Among the states and regions are Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Sarawak, Putrajaya, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Melaka.

At the same time a total of 32 government hospitals nationwide recorded high bed use in excess of 70 per cent.

“Practice self -movement control by staying seated at home.

“If there are important matters outside, make sure to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Employers are urged to give permission to employees to work from home (BDR) and limit the number of employees present to the office at any one time,” pleaded Noor Hisham.

On Thursday, the country recorded the highest new case figure of 6,806 since the pandemic hit the country.

This is exacerbated by the highest death toll of 59 cases.