Zero new cases of COVID-19 reported despite flood victims at 361

By NurFatihah Irdina

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 December 2021: As we approach the second week of flood disaster amidst this pandemic, the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported zero new COVID-19 cases as of Thursday in temporary flood relief centres (PPS), despite the number of victims at 361 previously.

As mentioned by the Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, the medical teams at the PPS have prescribed outpatient treatment and examination to a total of 963 (27.2%) of the 3,438 flood victims.

Amongst the flood victims, there are several diseases suffered by the flood victims as recorded by MoH. To list a few: 203 acute respiratory tract infections, 50 skin infections, 13 cases of acute gastroenteritis, one case of hand, foot and mouth disease, and 43 other infections illnesses among the evacuees.

Taking the COVID-19 cases into account, Dr. Noor Hisham said the overall count of cases are 2,728,203 including 3,519 fresh new cases.

Four new clusters had emerged yesterday, bringing the total number of clusters to 6,086 since the start of the pandemic. 234 clusters remain active, while 5,854 clusters have ended.

In terms of recovery, the country saw 5118 recoveries, thus bringing down the number of discharged to 2,647,587.

In addition, the ministry’s CovidNow website reported 57 deaths on Thursday, including five that were brought in dead.

The number of patients under intensive care are 331, with 187 requiring breathing assistance.

Of the 3,519 new cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said 3,454 (98.2%) are in Categories 1 and 2, while 65 cases (1.8%) are in Categories 3,4 and 5.

He also reported that the infectivity rate (R-naught) for the nation is below 1.0 at an R-naught of 0.90, with Pahang being on top of the list with 1.00 and Penang (1.00) while the rest of the states and federal territories are below 1.0. – reported by theVibes***