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Malaysia climbs back to 3-digit Covid-19 cases

National

Malaysia's Covid-19 numbers continued to rise with 147 cases and three deaths recorded as of noon today. The highest number of daily cases during the Recovery Movement Control Order period was 182, recorded on Sept 11. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 147, four cases were imported and involved three Malaysians and a foreigner, They returned from India and Indonesia.

Number of people breaching RMCO SOPs returns to double digit

National

The number of people breaching the recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP) has returned to double digit. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police picked up 65 offenders from 52,294 inspections conducted nationwide yesterday. He said of the total, 63 were slapped with compounds and two were remanded.

Three candidates undergoing 2-week quarantine

Sabah

Three election candidates are undergoing two-week quarantine following close contact with an Umno leader who is positive with Covid-19. They are Barisan Nasional candidates Datuk Kamarlin Ombi for Lumadan and Sani Miasin for Sindumin as well as Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan)'s candidate for Sindumin Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.

Malaysia climbs back to 3-digit Covid-19 cases

National

Malaysia's Covid-19 numbers continued to rise with 147 cases and three deaths recorded as of noon today. The highest number of daily cases during the Recovery Movement Control Order period was 182, recorded on Sept 11. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 147, four cases were imported and involved three Malaysians and a foreigner, They returned from India and Indonesia.

Election Commission liable for lawsuits if Covid-19 patients can’t vote in Sabah polls, says Bersih 2.0

National

Bersih 2.0 today cautioned the Election Commission (EC) that it could face lawsuits if it refused to let voters infected with Covid-19 cast their ballots in the Sabah poll this Saturday. The electoral reform watchdog insisted that voting is a constitutional right and cannot be denied, even during a pandemic.

Number of people breaching RMCO SOPs returns to double digit

National

The number of people breaching the recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP) has returned to double digit. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police picked up 65 offenders from 52,294 inspections conducted nationwide yesterday. He said of the total, 63 were slapped with compounds and two were remanded.

Malaysia records 82 new Covid-19 cases today

National

Malaysia today registered 82 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising the infection tally to 10,358. According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, 72 of the cases are local transmissions, while 10 are imported. Sixty of the cases are in Sabah, with 41 linked to the Benteng LD cluster, six to the Pulau cluster and six to the Selamat cluster.

Market confidence in Malaysia remains strong amid Covid-19 pandemic, says Finance Minister

National

While the world grapples with Covid-19, market confidence in Malaysia remains strong, particularly from foreign investors, based on investments of RM23.1 billion in the bond market up till August, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said the ringgit had also emerged as one of the strongest currencies in Southeast Asia, driven by the government’s ongoing initiatives in managing Covid-19.

Putrajaya says no quarantine for voters returning from Sabah; Covid-19-positive cases not allowed to vote

Sabah

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that those returning from Sabah after voting in the state election will not need to undergo the compulsory 14-days quarantine. Ismail Sabri said that the authorities are only encouraging those who return from selected areas such as Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunak in Sabah — where Covid-19 cases are rife — to perform swab tests for their own safety.

Malaysia well-prepared to deal with Covid-19 surge, with caveats, says WHO rep

National

Malaysia is well-prepared to handle a spike in Covid-19 cases but the country has to address several weaknesses, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative. Dr Lo Ying-Ru Jacqueline, the WHO representative to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, said the weaknesses include preventing infections at detention centres, and strengthening the surveillance system by increasing awareness within the private healthcare sector.

Woman wearing pink wristband in Temerloh not related to covid-19

Pahang

The Pahang Health Department today clarified that the woman spotted wearing a pink wristband at a popular restaurant in Temerloh on Sunday was not a patient or placed under mandatory quarantine related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Its director Datuk Dr Bahari Awang Ngah said the woman was actually a former patient of the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital (HOSHAS) in Temerloh and was believed to have stopped at the restaurant with her family members as soon as she was allowed to leave.

Covid-19 patients not allowed to vote

Sabah

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reiterated that voters who are Covid-19 positive would not be allowed to leave their hospitals to vote in the upcoming Sabah election. He said only individuals undergoing quarantine were allowed to cast their votes at the designated voting centre. "But they must seek permission from the district health office beforehand, as they cannot leave quarantine centres as they wish.

Ismail Sabri: 136 arrested for RMCO violations yesterday

National

The authorities arrested a total of 136 individuals yesterday for breaching regulations enforced under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 100 of that number were compounded while the remaining 36 were remanded.

No new positive cases reported in Sarawak today, total tally at 701, says SDMC

Sarawak

Sarawak recorded zero new Covid-19 positive cases today, marking its fourth consecutive day of zero infections and maintaining the total cumulative cases at 701, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). In its daily update press statement, SDMC said the Alam Cluster in Bintulu involving eight cases remained the only active cluster in Sarawak.

57 new Covid-19 cases today

National

As of noon today, 57 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the country. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said 51 out of the 57 cases were local transmissions while the rest were imported cases. Sabah again recorded the highest number of infections at 49 with 14 from the Pulau cluster and 12 from the Selamat cluster. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 10,276. Active cases were at 751.

26,572 Malaysians stranded in 94 countries brought home - deputy minister

National

The Foreign Ministry has facilitated 26,572 Malaysians stranded abroad to return home following the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, said its Deputy Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar. He said all of them were brought home via 528 flights from 94 countries. “This number includes 20 members of the Malaysian tabligh congregation who were detained and taken to court in India, and they were brought home three days ago.

293 held for violating RMCO

National

The crackdown on those who continue to violate the Restricted Movement Control Order (RMCO) continued yesterday with 293 people being arrested. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said 269 were issued compounds while 24 were remanded. He said the majority of the arrests were made at pubs and nightclubs.

Kedah health director: 19,167 residents in Kota Setar EMCO area screened for Covid-19

Kedah

A total of 19,167 residents under the administrative enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Kota Setar district have undergone the Covid-19 screening test from Sept 11 until yesterday. Kedah Health director, Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang said previously, the department had estimated that about 15,000 to 20,000 residents would be screened but the number could increase if more positive cases of the outbreak were recorded.

New Covid-19 'Ara' cluster detected in Penang

National

A new Covid-19 'Ara' cluster has been detected in Penang, involving two Malaysians, the Health Ministry reported today. Its Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the index case of this cluster is a 44-year-old man (Case-10,024), who tested positive after arriving in Sandakan, Sabah, from Peninsular Malaysia on Sept 15. "After the screening at the international entry point in Sandakan, close contact screening was done and another positive case was detected.

52 new Covid-19 cases as of noon

National

The Health Ministry has recorded 52 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today. Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total, 40 were local transmissions involving 26 Malaysians and 14 foreigners. The remaining 12 others were imported cases, involving three Malaysians and nine foreigners. Sabah had recorded the most number of cases at 36, with 27 from the Benteng LD cluster.

522 individuals found violating RMCO, majority for night club activities

National

A total of 522 individuals were detained for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), of which 342 were compounded while 180 remanded, yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said among the offences were for engaging in activities in pubs or night clubs involving 363 individuals, followed by not practising physical distancing (81), and not wearing face mask (36).

Tighter health checks in Labuan for travellers from certain parts of Sabah

Labuan

Travellers from certain parts of Sabah will be subjected to stricter health checks on entering Labuan because of the surge in Covid-19 cases on mainland Sabah, said Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari. He said depending on their travel history, those who had been away from Labuan for more than three days might be required to undergo a swab test at the Labuan Airport and ferry terminal.

Pub goers, nightclub crawlers top RMCO violators over the weekend

National

Pub and nightclub crawlers were the top Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) violators arrested by the police on Saturday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement today said a total of 522 were arrested yesterday of whom 342 were issued compounds and the remaining 180 remanded.

Malaysian Civil Defence Force needs more permanent personnel to handle Covid-19, says chief commissioner

National

The Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) is in need of more permanent personnel to handle its ever-increasing and challenging scope of duty following the Covid-19 pandemic. APM chief commissioner Datuk Roslan Wahab said the increased workload meant it had to deploy personnel from its headquarters and training centres to assist those on field duty at places like Covid-19 quarantine centres in every district as their scope of duty no longer revolved around rescue operations only.

Dr Noor Hisham: 20 new Covid-19 cases today, one death reported

National

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today announced that the death toll from Covid-19 in the country has hit 130 after one new fatality was reported today. However, he said the number of Covid-19 recovery cases surpassed the number of new infection cases today. In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham said that 51 Covid-19 patients had recovered, putting the cumulative number of full recovery cases at 9,315.

Health Ministry announces another Covid-19 cluster detected in Sabah

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a new Covid-19 cluster today; the Bakau cluster, detected in Semporna, Sabah. In a statement today, MOH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the index case of the cluster is a Filipino woman (Case 10,145), who is also the 129th death case reported yesterday.

Ministry: Malaysia will join Covax initiative to ensure Covid -19 vaccine acquired quickly at affordable price

National

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) today clarified that Malaysia will be signing up for the global Covid-19 vaccine development platform Covax. The ministry in a statement today said that the government is currently discussing the terms of joining the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (Gavi), which is managing the Covax initiative.

Police nab 93 for RMCO violations, majority for not wearing face masks, standing too close

National

Not wearing face masks and not keeping a physical distance of one metre under were the top offences Covid-19 recovery movement control order (RMCO) that got 93 people arrested by the police yesterday. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 33 were arrested for not wearing facemask, 32 for not adhering to physical distancing, 14 for pub/nightclub activities, seven for operating premises without authorisation, six for not providing the tools or recording details of visitors and one for failing to provide documents in an area categorised under enhanced MCO.

629 families in Melur zone get RM200 aid

Kedah

A total of 629 families in Melur zone, Ambangan Heights, Sungai Petani, who are under the administrative enhanced movement control order (EMCO), will receive an immediate aid of RM200 for each family. Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said the relief involving an allocation of RM125,800, was aimed at helping the residents following an extension of EMCO to September 27 in the zone.

Three Sabah clusters record more new cases - Health DG

National

Three of the four active Covid-19 clusters in Sabah continue to record new cases, with the highest number detected from the Benteng Lahad Datu Cluster at 76 cases of 95 new cases reported today. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said that this brings the number of positive cases for the cluster to 550 cases, with a total of 7,814 individuals screened in the last 24 hours.

National

Malaysia climbs back to 3-digit Covid-19 cases

National

Malaysia's Covid-19 numbers continued to rise with 147 cases and three deaths recorded as of noon today. The highest number of daily cases during the Recovery Movement Control Order period was 182, recorded on Sept 11. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 147, four cases were imported and involved three Malaysians and a foreigner, They returned from India and Indonesia.

Kuala Lumpur

Covid-19 quarantine-breaching minister Khairuddin hospitalised with ‘mystery’ ailment

Kuala Lumpur

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali, who breached the country’s mandatory Covid-19 quarantine requirement for those returning from abroad, has been admitted to hospital with an unknown illness. The PAS minister took to Facebook to relate his ordeal, stopping short, however, of revealing what he was admitted for.

Putrajaya

RMCO still requires public to comply with SOPs

Putrajaya

The public is reminded to continue exercising self-discipline in carrying out preventive measures against Covid-19 as the country enters the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) tomorrow. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said business operators and customers need to maintain social distancing and good personal hygiene. He said the police, as well as the task force teams in districts, would focus on standard operating procedure compliance at business premises and public places.

Selangor

PJ police intensify checks for SOP violators

Selangor

Police will intensify spot checks and surveillance in public areas following the surge in Covid-19 cases. Petaling Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the move was to ensure full compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). He said police teams would be sent to the ground to conduct random checks on restaurants, among others.

Johor

Immigration Dept ready for Aug 17 Johor-Singapore border reopening

Johor

The Johor Immigration Department is fully prepared to handle traffic across Johor Strait again next Monday when Malaysia and Singapore begin the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel. Its director Baharuddin Tahir said applications for the conditional scheme for both the RGL and PCA on August 17, 18 and 18 are fully taken up. “We will only allow 400 a week or 50 or 60 people a day for RGL which is open to all nationalities and 2,000 people a day under the PCA which is for Malaysian and Singaporean citizens only.

Perak

Perak NGO to have food distribution programme to assist B40 affected by Covid-19

Perak

The lives of many have drastically changed following the Covid-19 pandemic, complicated by the necessary implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which saw many lose their jobs. With this in mind, non-governmental organisation Perak Women for Women (PWW) is starting a food distribution programme to assist those affected especially those in the B40 category. PWW co-founder Yip Siew Keen said the organisation had been deluged with calls from the people asking for help following the MCO.

P.Pinang

Penang Adventist Hospital staff tested negative

P.Pinang

Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) today announced that all its 202 staff had undergone the Covid-19 test and the result is negative. In a statement today, PAH said following the recent positive case of a warded patient, 86 staff were identified as close contacts and were proceeded for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Kedah

Kedah health director: 19,167 residents in Kota Setar EMCO area screened for Covid-19

Kedah

A total of 19,167 residents under the administrative enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Kota Setar district have undergone the Covid-19 screening test from Sept 11 until yesterday. Kedah Health director, Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang said previously, the department had estimated that about 15,000 to 20,000 residents would be screened but the number could increase if more positive cases of the outbreak were recorded.

Perlis

Muslims in Perlis required to bring own prayer mats to mosques

Perlis

The Perlis Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) has maintained the requirement for members of the congregation to bring their own prayer mats when performing prayers at mosques. The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, said the decision was made after assessing the need to comply with health and safety standard operating procedures (SOP) to avoid the potential transmission of the Covid-19 virus in the state.

Pahang

Woman wearing pink wristband in Temerloh not related to covid-19

Pahang

The Pahang Health Department today clarified that the woman spotted wearing a pink wristband at a popular restaurant in Temerloh on Sunday was not a patient or placed under mandatory quarantine related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Its director Datuk Dr Bahari Awang Ngah said the woman was actually a former patient of the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital (HOSHAS) in Temerloh and was believed to have stopped at the restaurant with her family members as soon as she was allowed to leave.

Kelantan

Kelantan, Sabah allow 40 people to perform Friday prayers at mosques

Kelantan

The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V has consented for Friday prayers to be performed at all mosques in the state beginning this Friday (June 5) with a congregation of 40 people. Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIK) president Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz said the individuals would include imam, young imam, bilal, siak, members of the mosque committee and selected locals, after obtaining permission from state mufti and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Terengganu

Two children, teacher in Terengganu undergo quarantine after Kedah trip

Terengganu

Two children and a pre-school teacher of Taska Permata under the Terengganu Family Development Foundation (YPKT) are voluntarily undergoing home quarantine after returning from Aidiladha celebration in Kubang Pasu, Kedah. State Welfare, Women and Family Development, and National Unity Committee chairman Hanafiah Mat said the children and the teacher were not related to the Sivagangga Cluster, and the quarantine was just a precautionary measure taken after they have undergone health screenings at nearby clinics.

Melaka

State Health Dept denies viral WhatsApp message of Melaka Sentral Covid-19 case

Melaka

The Melaka Health Department has denied a viral WhatsApp message claiming that foreign nationals who are Covid-19 positive were at the Melaka Sentral bus terminal on Friday (July 24). "The voice recordings and images that went viral on WhatsApp were taken at random by unknown individuals, however, the Melaka Health Department would like to clarify that the content of the voice recording involved is not true," said State Health director Dr Ismail Ali in a statement on Saturday (July 24)

N.Sembilan

24 new Usim students from Sarawak, Kedah placed under Covid-19 quarantine, says housing director

N.Sembilan

Twenty-four new Tamhidi (Foundation) students of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) for the 2020/2021 session, all of whom are from Sarawak and Kedah, are being placed under a two-week quarantine at the university’s residential colleges here following the latest development of Covid-19 in the two states. Usim Student Housing Centre director Mohd Salehudin Syukor said of the total, five were from Kuching, Sarawak, and the rest were from Kubang Pasu, Kedah.

Labuan

Tighter health checks in Labuan for travellers from certain parts of Sabah

Labuan

Travellers from certain parts of Sabah will be subjected to stricter health checks on entering Labuan because of the surge in Covid-19 cases on mainland Sabah, said Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari. He said depending on their travel history, those who had been away from Labuan for more than three days might be required to undergo a swab test at the Labuan Airport and ferry terminal.

Sabah

Three candidates undergoing 2-week quarantine

Sabah

Three election candidates are undergoing two-week quarantine following close contact with an Umno leader who is positive with Covid-19. They are Barisan Nasional candidates Datuk Kamarlin Ombi for Lumadan and Sani Miasin for Sindumin as well as Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan)'s candidate for Sindumin Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.

Sarawak

No new positive cases reported in Sarawak today, total tally at 701, says SDMC

Sarawak

Sarawak recorded zero new Covid-19 positive cases today, marking its fourth consecutive day of zero infections and maintaining the total cumulative cases at 701, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). In its daily update press statement, SDMC said the Alam Cluster in Bintulu involving eight cases remained the only active cluster in Sarawak.