Speaking at the national address, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that private, university, and military hospitals will be put under the ‘Hospital Kluster’ programme to aid the government’s effort to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, Putrajaya devised this plan to accommodate government hospitals which almost reached 100 percent occupancy.
“Outsourced providers like private hospitals, universities, and military hospitals will be involved temporarily until the state of emergency ends,” the Prime Minister said.
Private hospitals have approved 1,344 beds in regular wards and 65 beds in ICU for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in the country.
Under the programme, 68 government and privately-owned laboratories have also been approved to screen 76,805 Covid-19 patients every day to aid the government’s efforts in combating Covid-19.
The government will provide Incentives to the participating private institutes based on the inspection made by government’s personnel.
Under the state of emergency ordinance, the government will also temporarily take over 16 PLKN and Wawasan camps as a detention center, quarantine and a temporary prison for immigrants.