Malaysia has recorded a total of 5,327 deaths as of Friday, 2 July 2021 since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in January 2020
The numbers were shared by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with a word of caution from Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who asked people to be more vigilant in monitoring their health.
Of the 5,327 people in Malaysia who have died from COVID-19 so far, an exponential number was recorded just this year compared to last year's 471 deaths, according to the data shared by MOH.
"A total of 4,856 (91.2%) deaths were reported in 2021," Dr Noor Hisham said.
One major contributing factor to the exponential rise in COVID-19 fatalities this year has been the fact that MOH has been recording at least 50 new deaths daily since the last week of May.
Yesterday itself, 73 new deaths along with 6,982 new COVID-19 cases were reported.
More worryingly, the country has seen a sevenfold increase in cases of COVID-19 victims who were brought in dead to hospitals since April
This year, a total of 670 cases involve people who were dead before arrival at the hospital.
In April while there were 35 brought in dead cases reported, the number rose to 246 cases in June alone, according to an analysis by the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).
The majority of these brought in dead cases have been occurring in the Klang Valley region due to the high number of daily new cases, with most of the victims in the 50 to 70 years age group.
"The highest number of brought in dead cases concerned those aged between 60 and 69 (170), followed by the 50 to 59 age group (130), 70 to 79 (106), 80+ (107), 40 to 49 (85), 30 to 39 (46), 20 to 29 (20) and aged below 20 (six cases)," the Health director-general shared yesterday, 2 July.
Selangor recorded the highest number of brought in dead cases this year at 181.
Among other states, Kuala Lumpur recorded 78 cases with Sabah and Sarawak recording 85 and 45 cases, respectively. Labuan recorded 31 cases, Johor recorded 23 cases, Kelantan recorded 18 cases, Melaka recorded 14 cases, Negri Sembilan recorded 14 cases, Penang recorded 13 cases, Pahang recorded 12 cases, Perak recorded 11 cases with Kedah recording four.
Only Perlis and Putrajaya did not register any brought in dead cases this year so far.
As such, people have been advised to be more alert especially after being confirmed positive and put under home observation
Additionally, Dr Noor Hisham asked such patients to immediately report any "warning signs" and seek treatment at a nearby health facility as it's a signal that a COVID-19 patient's condition is getting worse.
Among the warning signs that require immediate treatment are prolonged fever, breathing difficulties, chest pain, lack of appetite, worsening fatigue, lack of consciousness and confusion, coughing, vomiting and worsening diarrhoea, less urination, lips or fingers becoming bluish, and oxygen saturation.
"Family members or housemates are advised to be mindful of the condition of patients by utilising communication technology to monitor their healths throughout the home quarantine period," he added.
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