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Khairy: 86% of coronavirus-linked brought-in-dead cases were those not under medical care

Khairy Jamaluddin (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

Khairy Jamaluddin (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 9): A total of 2,417 brought-in-dead (BID) cases — deaths upon reaching the hospitals — caused by Covid-19 had been detected nationwide as of August this year but 86% of them were not under any healthcare provider's care, according to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"Out of 2,417 BID cases as of August, only 14% were under the care of the Ministry of Health, district health offices or even private clinics.

"The strategy to ensure that the number of BID cases from those who were not under medical observation can be increased.

"We are studying. We are deep diving. We have instructed the Family Health Development Division (BPKK) to deep dive into cases that were not under any medical supervision to find out why that was the case, so that we can better advise the public to ensure they get tested once they develop [Covid-19] symptoms," he told a media briefing today.

On those fully inoculated dying after contracting Covid-19, the minister said the figure so far involves only 0.009% out of the vaccinated population, or 90 people out of every one million who have been fully inoculated.

"Among these deaths, 81% had comorbidities (chronic complications) and 80% were over the age of 60. That also contributed to the outcome of the mortality," said Khairy.

"Vaccines work, vaccines save lives and it does not matter what kind of vaccines you get, the vaccines provide protection for us. Do not doubt that vaccination can help you," he added.

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