Suara.com – The Omicron variant is causing problems in some countries, because apart from being highly contagious, the risk of death also increases.
Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said one possible cause was that 91 percent of people who died from Covid-19 were unaware that they were infected with the SARS Cov-2 coronavirus.
In a press conference, Thursday (3/3), Khairy revealed the findings based on an analysis of 113 cases of death on 5-21 February 2022.
Malaysia is now enforcing a rule that cases of Covid-19 deaths must be reported to the Ministry of Health within 72 hours, Khairy said. From March 1, he added, the daily figures would reflect the number of death reports received in the last 72 hours.
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Then a report will be uploaded to the COVIDNOW Malaysia website showing national statistics in the country during the pandemic.
Previously, death reports were only made public after the registration process was completed at the state level. This method is considered to take a long time.
“Thus, there are several pending cases before being announced. That’s why (there is) a backlock, I have ordered (this) to be stopped,” Khairi said, quoted from Channel News Asia.
The Minister noted that when the death toll is announced, it does not mean that it occurred on the same day. Some cases require further investigation, such as a post-mortem or laboratory tests, which can take four to six weeks.
“On March 2, 62 (deaths) or 54 percent, were those that occurred within 72 hours. A total of 53 deaths, or 46 percent over 72 hours,” he explained.
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He added that the reporting process needed to be adjusted to get a clearer picture of Malaysia’s current Covid-19 situation.