Kuala Lumpur Hospital director Dr Rohana Johan confirms that the number of referred COVID-19 cases are decreasing significantly
Speaking to Bernama on Sunday, 15 August, Rohana says that the number of patients referred to the hospital's emergency department for the virus has been steadily declining for over a month.
"If we look at just one month ago, the number of cases in emergency waiting for beds were more than 200. Now it is only around 20 people."
This decrease in cases has seen frontliners at the hospital – the capital city's largest – breathe a welcome sigh of relief. Two wards which were previously reserved for COVID-19 patients have recently been reverted to their original purpose.
It was reported that the wards used to hold 70 patients at the height of the pandemic, despite only having capacity for 30 at any one time, thus requiring the use of canvas gurneys.
Anaesthesiology specialist Dr Hana Hadzrami first broke the news on Facebook in a widely shared posting.
Rohana attributes the decrease to the effectiveness of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK)
"The situation... has led to things being more organised and calm," she was quoted as saying by New Straits Times, adding, "As we are all aware, vaccines do help."
Rohana says that high vaccination rates has led to marked decreases in the critical categories of four and five patients being admitted to the hospital.
In fact, she says that the vast majority of cases recorded these days are in the mild-symptom categories of one and two, where most infected just require home quarantine.
"Although there are still a number of category five patients that require ventilators, a large number of these are from those who have no history of taking the vaccine," she said, reported Bernama.
While the news is more than welcome, she urges the public to continue adhering to the standard operating precedures (SOPs) as the battle has not been won just yet.
As of yesterday, 16 August, 50.4% of the Klang Valley population has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
The Klang Valley is a commonly used shorthand to represent the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding state of Selangor.
The vaccination rates of the two dominions used to be categorised separately, but has since been combined after surpassing the 100% mark for first dose recipients.
This surpassed threshold is believed to be due to undocumented individuals and/or people who received the vaccine here but reside permanently elsewhere.
A total of 4,246,315 individuals in the Klang Valley have received both doses, while 11,060,317 have done so nationwide, representing 33.9% of the Malaysian population.
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Amid the improving COVID-19 situation, certain allowances are being made for fully vaccinated individuals in a number of states: