A viral message, with photos and a video, alleges that Sungai Buloh Hospital is cramped with COVID-19 patients.
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Sungai Buloh Hospital Is Cramped With Patients!
This message, with these photos and a video, have gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.
It alleges that Sungai Buloh Hospital is filled to the brim, cramped with COVID-19 patients.
The Truth : That Is MAEPS, Not Sungai Buloh Hospital!
The video and photos are genuine, but they are not of the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
They are of the temporary COVID-19 quarantine centre at MAEPS (Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang).
Fact #1 : That Is The MAEPS Quarantine Centre
Technically, it is a COVID-19 Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), which doubles as a quarantine centre and treatment facility for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients.
This temporary COVID-19 hospital at MAEPS was closed on 15 July 2020 and disassembled after Malaysia flattened the curve.
On 9 December 2020, the Ministry of Health reactivated MAEPS as a COVID-19 Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC).
Fact #2 : The MAEPS Quarantine Centre Has 10,000 Beds
Dubbed MAEPS PKRC 2.0, it has about 10,000 beds.
It started with 3,000 beds in Phase 1, followed by a 3,300 bed expansion in Phase 2; and finally 3,700 beds in Phase 3.
Fact #3 : The MAEPS Quarantine Centre Is For Patients With Mild Or No Symptoms
The MAEPS quarantine centre is limited to Category 1 (asymptomatic) or Category 2 (mildly symptomatic) patients only.
As such, you will not find any intubated patients, or even an ICU. This is a quarantine centre for mild cases.
Fact #4 : These Photos Were Circulating Since December 2020
These photos have been circulating since mid-December 2020. At that time, netizens were critical of the lack of physical distancing.
The fact of the matter is – only those who tested positive for COVID-19 are quarantined here. There is, therefore, no need for physical distancing.
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