Khairy: Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalisations, Deaths In Klang Valley Expected To Drop In Two Weeks
With the number of COVID-19 cases still in the high ten thousand — 15,764 on Monday (2 August) — Malaysians are looking for some good news on the pandemic front.
There is some good news coming in about two week.
COVID-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told New Straits Times that the Klang Valley may see a drop in hospitalisations and deaths related to the COVID-19 in the coming weeks.
This came after Khairy revealed that some 97 per cent of adults in the Klang Valley have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
In two weeks, the authorities expect more adults to be fully vaccinated in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, the two states with the most number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“Even with the Delta variants, the numbers may still be high. But what we would like to see and hope to be the outcome from the vaccination, is that the key numbers need to be looking at – death rates, utilisation of ICU (intensive care unit) beds and hospitalisation – come down.
“That is going to be the indicators we want to look at, as far as the success of the NIP is concerned,” he was quoted as saying.
Khairy, who earlier also revealed that 37.5 per cent of the adult population in the Klang Valley were now fully vaccinated, believed that the hospitalisation rate in the Klang Valley has reached its peak, and in about a week or two, it will hopefully reach inflection point.
The government will then turn their attention to the effectiveness of the vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.
However, Khairy said more data was needed to interpret the effectiveness of the vaccination against the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
As of now, Khairy has advised Malaysians to continue playing their part by adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government. – MALAYSIA NOW
by RD Minion