Updated: 341 Covid-19 deaths including over 100 brought-in-dead cases

Updated to correct figures in headline and first graf.

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 10 – Malaysia today reported 341 Covid-19 deaths, including 102 brought-in-dead cases, raising the number of dead from the virus to 19,827 in the country so far.

In its daily briefing today, the Ministry of health said 21,176 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded overnight, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,919,774.

From the new cases, 2,564 were non-citizens.

As for the deaths, 300 were Malaysians and the remaining 41 were non-citizens.

Earlier today, DAP veteran and Member of Parliament Lim Kit Siang urged Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to provide more details about the high number of BID Covid-19 cases.

Khairy had said in Kota Kinabalu on Monday that the high number of Covid-19 deaths reported daily did not reflect the actual number of fresh deaths that occur within 24 hours, as the numbers were sometimes piled up over several days as the authorities need time to confirm the cause of death, especially in places like the Klang Valley.

“He promised to make further announcements and explanations on the high number of BID Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday after he got new data but Khairy has still to keep to his undertaking,” Kit Siang said.

The high BID Covid-19 deaths were basically an August phenomenon, as in July there were some 599 BID Covid-19 deaths which tripled in August to over 1,600 cases.

In the first ten days of Khairy as the new Heath Minister, the Health Ministry reported 876 BID Covid-19 deaths, which is more than thrice the total number of BID Covid-19 deaths in the first 10 days of August.

“Now, Khairy says that these BID Covid-19 figures are a serious under-estimate and this is the reason why Malaysians are expecting Khairy to give the full and true picture and the reason why I have asked how many corpses are in the hospitals, giving state-by-state figures, which are not recorded in the Ministry of Health data on Covid-19 because they are awaiting Covid-19 tests.

“From the new website, it would appear that  there is a total of 3,417 BID Covid-19 deaths out the cumulative total of 19,486 deaths, representing  17.5% which is too high a figure especially  as it has escalated in recent weeks. For instance, on Sept. 8, it was over 30% as there were 102 BID Covid-19 deaths out of a daily total of 361 Covid-19 deaths  – which according to Khairy, is a serious underestimate.”

Kit Siang urged Khairy to take urgent measures to cut down the high BID Covid-19 figures, and also welcomed the minister’s decision that all Category Three Covid-19 patients  be sent to quarantine centres along with the  high-risk in Category Two cases.

More should be done to slash the high BID Covid-19 death rates and Khairy should welcome ideas and suggestions from both the public and private health sectors.