Despite all our efforts, the country is still losing the COVID-19 war.
The number of daily active cases are still hovering around the 3,000 mark, and we've even seen an increase in patients needing special attention in hospitals:
A Minister has come up with a theory for that.
The strain is getting stronger
As the country continues to struggle to contain the pandemic, the Ministry Of Health has found that more and more Malaysians from an age group believed to be less susceptible to the disease are now becoming severely ill.
Health Minister Dr Adham Baba told Malaysiakini
that patients below the age of 60 who used to be less likely to show severe symptoms are now showing symptoms that are more serious.
To make matters worse, clinical observations have revealed that these patients are are also not responding to treatments compared to earlier in the pandemic.
Dr Adham told the news portal that the recent development could come down to several reasons, among them: 1) the mutation of new COVID-19 variants around the world or 2) patients did not seek treatment in time.
The new variants are said to be more aggressive, and it causes complications and illnesses that are more severe than before, "but we are still studying this matter,” Dr Adham said.
A rise in serious cases
During a press conference on Tuesday (4 May), Dr Adham also revealed that the Ministry has recorded an increase in Category 4 and Category 5 cases.
(Category 4 cases are patients who require supplemental oxygen to survive, while Category 5 patients are critically ill with multiple organs affected by the virus)
In January, the number of patients categorised under Category 4 and Category 5 were just 6.7 per cent.
The number has since spiked to 26.2 per cent in February, before dipping back down to 17.2 per cent in March.
However, the number now stands at 35.2 per cent as of April, which is a monumental increase in such a short period of time.
With the situation getting worse by the day, let's just continue to do our part by staying safe.