Sharp Increase of COVID-19 Cases Expected in Perak

Based on the recent trend of transmission, COVID-19 cases are predicted to spike in Perak in the next two to three weeks.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was an increase in cases of infection, especially category four and five cases that require critical treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

According to him, as of July 31, there were 121 COVID-19 patients being treated in the ICU, with an average of seven days of ICU bed usage exceeding 100 percent.

“An Operations Room (Bilik Gerakan) has been set up to ensure the availability of beds for treating COVID-19 patients in Perak.

“Specifically, in Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun (HRPB), a total of 223 ward beds and 42 ICU beds have been reserved for the treatment of COVID-19,” he said via a post on Facebook today (August 1).

Dr. Noor Hisham paid an official work visit to HRPB to review the readiness of the State Health Department in handling the pandemic.

The hospital has begun treating COVID-19 patients since January 2020.

He also visited Taiping Hospital, Tapah Hospital as well as Slim River Hospital.

The Perak Health Department, in collaboration with the state government and various agencies, is actively preparing to face the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases which is foreseen to happen in the next two to three weeks.


Rosli Mansor


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