Private Hospitals to Be Roped in if Public ICU Overwhelmed by Covid-19 Cases

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Private hospitals will be asked to treat Covid-19 infected patients if public intensive care units (ICU) are overwhelmed, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said today.

Miera Zulyana

“If the ICU at public hospitals is full, then private hospitals may have to make their ICUs available to treat patients,” its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a media briefing.

The country’s Covid-19 infection cases breached the 2000th mark today, with over 230 cases reported and four more deaths.

Meanwhile, the authorities are still seeking out the remaining Malaysians who attended a mass religious gathering in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Only 11 of them had returned and were found in Tawau, Sabah, five days ago trying to enter via a boat. About 80 to 100 Malaysians were believed to have attended the 2020 World Ijtimak Asian Zone event held last week.

“We still have no information apart from those in Tawau,” Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said. – MMO