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2,154 new cases for 310,097 total, six fatalities bring death toll to 1,159

National

Malaysia recorded 2,154 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (March 5), bringing the cumulative total to 310,097. Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 794, followed by Johor with 463. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were six fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,159.

2,063 new cases, five more fatalities bring death toll to 1,153

National

Malaysia recorded 2,063 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (March 4), bringing the cumulative total to 307,943. The Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,153. Nine are imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions. Another 2,922 patients were discharged from medical facilities nationwide, which means 283,629 have recovered from the Covid-19 to date.

EMCO at Sri Jelutung quarters in Chini, Pahang from tomorrow

Pahang

An enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will begin tomorrow for the Sri Jelutung Quarters in Chini, Pahang, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Ismail Sabri said this decision was made after 30 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on March 3, and 150 close contacts identified among occupants of the quarters. “On the advice of the Ministry of Health, the government agreed to put in place an EMCO at the Sri Jelutung Quarters, Chini Pahang from March 6 to March 19 2021.

2,154 new cases for 310,097 total, six fatalities bring death toll to 1,159

National

Malaysia recorded 2,154 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (March 5), bringing the cumulative total to 310,097. Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 794, followed by Johor with 463. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were six fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,159.

4,950 frontliners in Sabah’s interior to receive Covid-19 vaccine starting today, says deputy minister

Sabah

A total of 4,950 frontliners in the interior of Sabah will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, beginning today. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup said all the first phase recipients are expected to complete the vaccination process by mid-April. “A total of 22 locations of public facilities including the community and cultural halls have been identified as the Vaccine Distribution Centres throughout the Sabah interior zone namely Keningau, Tambunan, Nabawan, and Tenom,” he said.

14 new clusters detected, 12 linked to workplaces

National

The Health Ministry has uncovered 14 new Covid-19 clusters on Thursday, taking the total of active ones in the country to 490. One of the new clusters, named the Tapak Bina Queens Waterfront cluster, is an outbreak detected among construction workers in Penang. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 145 confirmed cases have been found from this cluster since Feb 26. “A total of 709 workers under this cluster had undergone a targeted screening exercise, of whom 145 were found to be positive for Covid-19, ” Dr Noor Hisham said in his statement on Thursday (March 4).

Active cases continue downward trend despite slight rise in daily infections

National

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country continued to decline, despite a slight increase in new daily infections. At a press conference here on Thursday (March 4), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia recorded 2,063 new cases, after registering three days of numbers below 2,000. However, 2,922 patients were discharged, bringing the number of active cases down to 23,161 from 24,025 the previous day.

499 arrested yesterday for SOP violations

National

Those engaging in activities at entertainment outlets and business operators who failed to provide proper equipment or entry logs at premises topped the list of offenders arrested for violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedures yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police on Wednesday arrested 499 people where 492 of them were compounded, four were remanded and the remaining three released on bail. Ismail said 134 people were nabbed at entertainment centres, 86 premises failed to provide entry logs, 62 people failed to wear face masks, 58 people did not observe physical distancing, while 28 premises were operating beyond the permitted hours.

2,063 new cases, five more fatalities bring death toll to 1,153

National

Malaysia recorded 2,063 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (March 4), bringing the cumulative total to 307,943. The Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,153. Nine are imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions. Another 2,922 patients were discharged from medical facilities nationwide, which means 283,629 have recovered from the Covid-19 to date.

Sabah allows inter-district travel within zones, except in Nabawan

Sabah

The Sabah government has agreed to allow inter-district travel according to zones starting Friday. State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Masidi Manjun said the decision was made following requests from many people, especially from the tourism sector which has been allowed to resume operations. Sabah had yesterday stated it will not allow the people to cross districts due to the risks despite it being placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order starting Friday. "Taking into consideration that some people are also working in other districts, the zoning will enable the public to cross districts without having to pass through road blocks.

RM10,000 compound to ensure strong compliance of SOPs

National

The enforcement of the maximum RM10,000 compound, one of the five amendments to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) is to ensure strong compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said Section 25 has been amended to increase the original compound rate from a maximum of RM1,000 to a maximum of RM10,000 for individuals and RM50,000 for corporations. “The compound rate was raised to prevent individuals and corporate bodies from committing an offence and to always abide by the SOPs and directives issued by the government,” he told a press conference jointly held with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan at the Health Ministry, here, today.

Allow private hospitals to buy and offer Covid-19 vaccine, says Penang govt

P.Pinang

The Penang state government is requesting the central government to allow private hospitals in the state to procure Covid-19 vaccine and to dispense it to those who can afford to obtain their jabs faster. State Health, Agriculture, Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee chairman, Norlela Ariffin said the matter was raised with Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin in a Vaccine Engagement Meeting yesterday. “In the meeting yesterday, I told Khairy to allow private hospitals here to acquire vaccine so that those who can afford especially the VIP group would receive their shots faster by paying (to private hospitals).

305 held for breaching SOP — Ismail Sabri

National

A total of 305 individuals were detained yesterday for breaching the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). Of the total, 296 were compounded, eight remanded and one released on bail. “Failure to provide proper equipment or entry log at business premises recorded 100 cases, not wearing face masks (80 cases), crossing districts or states without permission (48), not observing physical distancing (40), entertainment outlet activities (17), premises operating beyond the permitted time or without permission (five), leaving home without valid reason (three) and others (12),”he said in a statement today.

Covid-19 smart vaccination certificate on the cards

National

Malaysia is to issue a smart vaccination certificate to people in the country who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said today. He said the certificate will be issued in a month’s time and that the matter is being discussed with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure that the document is also recognised by other countries. “I have had discussions virtually with WHO on the matter. The certificate will be updated to ensure that it meets international standards.

National

2,154 new cases for 310,097 total, six fatalities bring death toll to 1,159

National

Malaysia recorded 2,154 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (March 5), bringing the cumulative total to 310,097. Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 794, followed by Johor with 463. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were six fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,159.

Kuala Lumpur

3,135 KL cops get first vaccine dose

Kuala Lumpur

The first phase of Covid-19 immunisation for police frontliners here commenced today with 3,135 personnel undergoing vaccination. Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said today that priority for the immunisation was given to personnel at high risk of contracting the virus. He said the 3,135 personnel were from the six districts here, namely Brickfields, Cheras, Dang Wangi, Sentul, Wangsa Maju and Putrajaya.

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

Selangor Sultan gives way so frontliners can receive Covid-19 vaccine first

Selangor

Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah says his turn to receive a Colvid-19 vaccination will only come after all frontline workers, including teachers, have received their shots. Istana Alam Shah, in a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page Friday (Feb 26), said Sultan Sharafuddin had stressed that priority should be given to frontliners as they face a higher risk of infection. The statement read that Sultan would continue to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) and stay home if there are no important matters until all frontline workers have received their vaccines.

Johor

Johor receives portion of vaccine supply

Johor

Johor received a portion of the Covid-19 vaccine supply that arrived in the country today to be placed at four vaccine storage centres (VSC) in the state. The supply, which is part of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, arrived in Johor Bahru from Singapore via the Johor Causeway. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad were present on-site when the supplies arrived.

Perak

EMCO for workers' quarters in Perak, extended for Tapah Prison

Perak

An enhanced movement control order (MCO) will be imposed at the dormitories of workers of Imperial Garments in Flat Anjung Tawas Damai, Perak. Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said that the enhanced MCO would be implemented from March 1 to 14. "As of now, the Health Ministry have conducted 524 tests and from that number, a total of 213 people were found Covid-19 positive. "The Health Ministry confirmed that there is a steep increase in the number of cases in this locality, with a high infectivity rate," he said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 28).

P.Pinang

Allow private hospitals to buy and offer Covid-19 vaccine, says Penang govt

P.Pinang

The Penang state government is requesting the central government to allow private hospitals in the state to procure Covid-19 vaccine and to dispense it to those who can afford to obtain their jabs faster. State Health, Agriculture, Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee chairman, Norlela Ariffin said the matter was raised with Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin in a Vaccine Engagement Meeting yesterday. “In the meeting yesterday, I told Khairy to allow private hospitals here to acquire vaccine so that those who can afford especially the VIP group would receive their shots faster by paying (to private hospitals).

Kedah

Kedah MB gets his Covid-19 vaccination, urges public to have positive attitude to immunisation programme

Kedah

Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Hayati Othman and Kedah Health director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang received their Pfizer-BionNTech Covid-19 vaccine jabs at Wisma Darul Aman here on Sunday (Feb 28) afternoon. The inoculations were done in the foyer of Block E in Wisma Darul Aman. Sanusi, 48, was the first non-medical personnel in the state to receive the Covid-19 vaccination here at 5.05pm followed shortly after by Dr Hayati and Dr Fikri. Also getting their jabs on Sunday were three medical officers from the district Health Departments - Abdul Rahim Zakaria, Muhammad Hafiz Ibrahim and M. Shaarvin Raj.

Perlis

Perlis MB gives way to frontliners, people to be vaccinated first

Perlis

Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man is giving priority to frontline personnel and the people to get their first vaccine shots under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. Azlan said as the vaccine doses were limited, he decided not to take the vaccine to give way to those who really need the vaccination. “What is more important is the people. If there is a balance, Insya-Allah I will get it later,” he told reporters at the launching of the state-level immunisation programme at Kampung Gial Health Clinic here, today.

Pahang

EMCO at Sri Jelutung quarters in Chini, Pahang from tomorrow

Pahang

An enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will begin tomorrow for the Sri Jelutung Quarters in Chini, Pahang, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Ismail Sabri said this decision was made after 30 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on March 3, and 150 close contacts identified among occupants of the quarters. “On the advice of the Ministry of Health, the government agreed to put in place an EMCO at the Sri Jelutung Quarters, Chini Pahang from March 6 to March 19 2021.

Kelantan

Kelantan media practitioners recommended for vaccine in first phase, says deputy MB

Kelantan

Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has proposed that media practitioners in the state be included in the first phase of the Covid-19 immunisation programme. He said this is because the group is considered as frontliners who are at risk of being infected while working. “Therefore, I am recommending that media practitioners be among the first to receive their vaccine shots, as these people go everywhere and are likely to be infected,” he told reporters after a state exco meeting at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today.

Terengganu

EMCO at three villages in Besut to end on Feb 27

Terengganu

The enhanced movement control order placed on three villages in Besut, Terengganu will be lifted on Feb 27, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic). The Senior Minister (Security) said that health authorities had carried out 108 screenings on villagers in Kg Darau-Awek, Kg Padang Baloh and Kg Lepan Kejor, located in the Pasir Akar sub-district in Besut. Results from the swab tests saw 39 individuals testing positive for Covid-19.

Melaka

Melaka’s high Covid-19 infectivity rate due to 16 active clusters, says health exco

Melaka

Melaka’s daily Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) of 1.17, the highest in the country yesterday, is due to the 16 active clusters reported in the state throughout last week. State Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the Industri Serkam (80 per cent) and Tembok Sungai Udang clusters (10.7 per cent) were the ones that contributed the highest number of cases in Melaka. “We are expecting a slight increase of cases for Industri Serkam today and tomorrow. The total number of cases for this cluster has so far breached the 800 mark as of yesterday,” he told a media conference here today.

N.Sembilan

Ten slapped with fines in PD for violating MCO

N.Sembilan

Ten people have been slapped with fines of RM1,000 each for violating the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) here. District police chief Supt Aidi Sham Mohamad said three were given compounds after they were stopped at a roadblock in Lukut past midnight and told policemen that they were out to buy cigarettes. "Seven others were fined after they gathered at a field in Taman PD Utama to play football," he said, adding that the fines were issued over the past two days (Jan 27 and 28). The offenders, all locals, were aged from 20 to 50.

Labuan

First batch of Labuan hospital frontliners vaccinated

Labuan

The first batch of 150 frontliners of Labuan Nucleus Hospital received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine today. The vaccination exercise under the National Immunisation Programme was led by the hospital’s director, Dr Adnan Musa Balidran at the hospital compound and witnessed by Labuan Health director, Dr Ismuni Bohari. “It is our objective to ensure that the healthcare frontliners in the critical area of our hospital are Covid-19-free, and this is in the interest of the public and our patients,” Dr Ismuni told Bernama at the hospital’s vaccination centre today. The remaining 450 frontliners at the hospital will be inoculated in stages from tomorrow.

Sabah

4,950 frontliners in Sabah’s interior to receive Covid-19 vaccine starting today, says deputy minister

Sabah

A total of 4,950 frontliners in the interior of Sabah will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, beginning today. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup said all the first phase recipients are expected to complete the vaccination process by mid-April. “A total of 22 locations of public facilities including the community and cultural halls have been identified as the Vaccine Distribution Centres throughout the Sabah interior zone namely Keningau, Tambunan, Nabawan, and Tenom,” he said.

Sarawak

EMCO in two areas in Sibu to be lifted on March 4

Sarawak

The enhanced movement control order placed on two localities in Sibu, Sarawak, will be lifted on March 4. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that to date, health authorities had screened 6,818 individuals at Town Villa and Sibujaya flats. Cumulatively, 277 people in both localities had tested positive for Covid-19. He said infectivity rates at both places are showing a downward trend.