UK & Malaysia: Healthcare News Summary (22nd June)

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

Note: A hyperlink is attached in each headlines for further reading of the original news. Table of Contents:

1. United Kingdom News

2. Malaysia News


Headline: Doctors Feeling High Levels of Exhaustion and Stress Amid Backlog, Survey Shows

Date: 21st June 2020

Source: Express and Star

Monthly Visitors: 249,810


  • Doctors are experiencing high levels of exhaustion and little confidence in managing the huge backlog of missed patient care.

  • The British Medical Association surveyed that more than 7,000 doctors showed increased levels of stress among the workforce (between June 16 & June 18).

  • Many have little confidence in the NHS's ability to deal with the large backlog of missed, cancelled and postponed care.

  • There is fear that the health service cannot manage a 2nd spike in COVID-19 infection levels.

Headline: UK Government Lowers Coronavirus Alert Level from four to three

Date: 19th June 2020

Source: The National

Monthly Visitors: 263,910


  • The UK lowered its COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 3, as approved by all four chief medical officers.

  • This decrease means that the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer "high or exponentially rising".

  • The UK sat at Level 4 of the 5 tier-alert-system since its announcement last month.

  • There has been a steady decrease in cases in all four nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

  • Professor of Populations and Disease Matt Keeling warned that there is still a prospect of a second wave if controls are relaxed too soon.

Headline: No new Black Country Covid-19 hospital deaths with only two in wider region

Date: 19th June 2020

Source: Express and Star

Monthly Visitors: 249,810


  • The picture above shows the data for the death rates recorded in hospitals across Staffordshire and Birmingham.

  • 2,476 people have died in hospitals across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire after contracting COVID-19.

  • 582 COVID-19 deaths were confirmed in the region's care homes.

  • No new hospitals deaths were reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust - the total still remains at 370.

  • No deaths in Dudley - 260 people have died in hospital. Wolverhampton - 282 people have died. Walsall - 220 people have died.

  • In England, the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals are 28,221.

  • The patients were aged between 12 - 97 years old.

  • A study revealed that South Asian people are at highest risk of dying from COVID-19 after being admitted to UK hospitals.

  • The West Midlands has the 2nd largest population of South Asians in the UK.


Headline: 'The People Are Now Frontliners'

Date: 21st June 2020

Source: New Straits Times

Monthly Visitors: 1,634,940


  • The Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba answered the following questions below regarding COVID-19.

  • Question 1: What efforts were made during MCO that are not in vain?

  • Question 2: Explain the Prevent and Educate, Practice, Comply and Monitor (CAPP) approach under the District Risk Reduction Programme.

  • Question 3: How will the ministry ensure effectiveness of CAPP?

  • Question 4: How does the ministry ensure compliance among immigrants?

  • Question 5: How about cooperations with the state governments?

  • Question 6: What is the level of compliance among Malaysians with the SOP outlined by the Health Ministry?

  • Question 7: What is Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba's response to the people's comparison of him with Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

  • Click the hyperlink in the title above to view the answers.

Headline: Expats from green zone countries allowed in

Date: 20th June 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 3,465,270


  • Expatriates from green zone countries are allowed into Malaysia. Such countries include: Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Brunei.

  • These expatriates will need to undergo swab tests in their respective countries before coming to Malaysia, or undergo COVID-19 screening test in Malaysia.

  • These expatriates are also required to install the MySejahtera app for monitoring purposes.

  • The government is waiting for the Health Ministry to fine-tune the existing list of green zone countries.

Headline: Weight loss surgery: know the facts

Date: 20th June 2020

Source: New Straits Times

Monthly Visitors: 1,634,940


  • The number of Malaysians who are obese or overweight is increasing.

  • Malaysia has the highest rates of obese and overweight individuals in the Asia Pacific region.

  • In 2015, the number of diabetes patients increased from 17.5% to 21% by year end.

  • "Metabolic surgery" can treat individuals with metabolic syndromes such as Type 2 diabetes.

  • Patients who undergo this surgery will have better control over their blood sugar with lesser diabetes medication needed.

  • This also leads to a healthier lifestyle.

  • Although diabetes is a chronic disease, this surgery offers a major improvement or complete disease remission for the individual as it shows great reduction in insulin usage.

  • However, the challenge in Malaysia is the prejudicial attitude towards this type of surgery. Lack of public awareness regarding this surgery is an obstacle.

Headline: Frontliner Within Administrative MCO Area Among 21 New COVID-19 Cases

Date: 20th June 2020

Source: Malaysia Kini

Monthly Visitors: 1,409,520


  • Malaysia recorded 21 new COVID-19 cases (2 imported infections and 19 local transmissions).

  • Local transmissions consist of 12 Malaysians and 7 non-citizens.

  • Out of 12 Malaysians, 10 individuals were from Selangor.

  • The new infections brings a total number of cases to 8,556 as of 20th June.

  • The recovery rate in Malaysia has crossed the 95% mark.

  • 76 COVID-19 patients were discharged, bringing the total recoveries to 8,146 (95.2% of total cases).

  • Only 289 patients are still under treatment, out of which 3 are in intensive care unit.

  • No new death was reported. The death toll remains at 121 people as of 20th June.

  • Malaysians are reminded to avoid crowded places, confined spaces, wear face masks in public, and wash their hands with soaps.

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