A video of HKL (Hospital Kuala Lumpur) preparing for 3,000 new COVID-19 patients a day has gone viral!
Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!
Claim : HKL Preparing For 3K COVID-19 Cases A Day
A video showing beds and mattresses being unloaded at HKL (Hospital Kuala Lumpur / Kuala Lumpur General Hospital) has gone viral, because it’s accompanied by this message :
KL GH getting ready for massive spike of Covid infection cases, expecting around 3000 patients per day in the Klang Valley and KL..
Is HKL Preparing For 3,000 New COVID-19 Cases A Day? Not Quite!
The video is genuine and shows the unloading of beds and mattresses at HKL (also known as KL GH – KL General Hospital).
However, HKL is NOT preparing to take in 3,000 new COVID-19 patients per day. Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : HKL COVID-19 Capacity Only Expanded By 151 Beds
On 14 November 2020, DG Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced the expansion of COVID-19 bed capacity at HKL by 151 beds.
In total, the maternity block at HKL now has 358 beds for COVID-19 patients.
Fact #2 : HKL Only Has 831 Beds For COVID-19 Patients
As of 18 November 2020, HKL only has 831 beds for COVID-19 patients, with the additional 151 beds.
COVID-19 patients are quarantined at the hospital for 14 days. Therefore, the COVID-19 bed capacity in HKL is only enough to sustain an average of 59 new cases a day.
There is simply no way for HKL to accept 3,000 new COVID-19 patients a day, or even a month!
Fact #3 : Klang Valley Now Has 4,739 COVID-19 Beds
Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 patients in the Klang Valley, KKM quickly ramped up the number of beds for COVID-19 patients.
- Sungai Buloh Hospital – increased to 630 beds
- Kuala Lumpur Hospital – increased to 831 beds
- Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital – converted into COVID-19 hybrid hospital with 230 beds
- KKM Training Institute – 8 blocks reopened as Quarantine Centre with 2,400 beds
- National Leprosy Control Centre – continues as Quarantine Centre with 648 beds
As of 18 November 2020, there are 4,739 COVID-19 beds in the Klang Valley, up from just 345 beds on 1 October 2020.
Fact #4 : KKM Not Preparing To Handle 3,000 Cases A Day In Klang Valley
The massive 14X increase in COVID-19 beds still does NOT allow KKM to handle 3,000 new COVID-19 patients a day for the whole Klang Valley.
There are only enough beds to handle an average of 338 new COVID-19 patients a day, on a sustained basis.
If KKM was really expecting to handle 3,000 new COVID-19 patients a day, they would have prepared some 42,000 beds.
It looks like they (currently) do not believe that the Klang Valley will exceed 4,700 active cases at any point in time.
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