A total of 14,954 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday (Sept 19), bringing the cumulative total to 2,097,830, says the Health Ministry.
Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases with 2,707 infections, followed by Selangor (2,028), Johor (1,948), Kelantan (1,420) and Sabah (1,356).
This was followed by Penang (1,259), Perak (1,222), Kedah (809), Pahang (705), Terengganu (671), Kuala Lumpur (383), Melaka (207), Negeri Sembilan (144), Perlis (76) and Putrajaya (19). Labuan recorded zero cases.
The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline for the fourth consecutive day, as the country records 15,549 new infections as of noon today.
Sarawak remained the state with the most number of cases at 2,929, followed by Johor at 2,208.
Selangor reported 1,995 cases, followed by Sabah (1,395), Penang (1,375), Kelantan (1,214), Perak (1,120), and Kedah (1,073).
States reporting case numbers in the hundreds are Terengganu (755), Pahang (634), Kuala Lumpur (382), Melaka (263), and Negri Sembilan (131).
Bed occupancy rate at intensive care units (ICU) treating Covid-19 patients in the country is at 87 per cent or 1,596 beds used, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
However, based to the data shared by Dr Noor Hisham on social media, ICU beds usage in Kedah, Perak and Sabah are over 100 per cent at 104 beds, 90 beds and 143 beds respectively.
All 11 ICU beds in Perlis are fully utilised, followed by Melaka (98 per cent/90 beds), Selangor (97 per cent/ 335 beds), Kelantan (96 per cent/77 beds), Johor (94 per cent/108 beds) and Penang (94 per cent/ 77 beds), Pahang (79 per cent/ 66 beds), Terengganu (69 per cent/ 39 beds), Kuala Lumpur (66 per cent/210 beds), Sarawak (65 per cent/ 120 beds), Putrajaya (50 per cent/ 20 beds), Negri Sembilan (39 per cent/ 88 beds) and Labuan (0 per cent).
For non-ICU beds, nationwide occupancy rate is at 71 per cent or 18,659 beds used.
A more simplified and easily understandable Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) will be among the Health Ministry’s immediate “to-do” list.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin lamented that Malaysians have to scour through “mountains of pages” to understand what the SOP is for various situations in the country.
“Right now, people have to spend a lot of time going through the list finding out what’s happening,” said Khairy during a media interview on what the ministry’s plans are for the next 100 days.
Khairy said the ministry intends to make it clear for the public to know what they should do or can do in different levels of the Covid-19 outbreak.
As Malaysia prepares to transition from the Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic phase, the Health Ministry wants to ensure the reopening of sectors is done in a careful manner.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in the next two months, Malaysians will be adjusting themselves towards the “living with the virus” mindset that the government is advocating.
“The Health Ministry is committed to opening up responsibly and in a safe manner. Once we reach the endemic phase, more sectors will open up completely.
“We are targeting by the end of October. The Cabinet will decide at that time when the endpoint will be,” said Khairy, at a media interview on his ministry’s plans for the next 100 days.
Malaysia will begin vaccinating teenagers under 18 next week, starting with Sarawak, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).
"We will start with teens next week in Sarawak, as the state has reached its benchmark of 80% vaccinated adults,” said Khairy, in a media interview on his ministry’s plans for the next 100 days.
The new Health Minister said the ministry will set a target for adolescents’ vaccination according to the supply of vaccines it gets.
"I am hoping that as many teens as possible will get vaccinated in the next 100 days.
“We want that at the start of the school term next year, all teens have completed their vaccination,” said Khairy.
Five buildings deemed at risk in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, here, which are located near the area of the landslide that destroyed a Health Ministry medicine storage facility last night, have been vacated as a safety measure.
Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the five buildings were located in the hospital’s C complex, namely the Medicine and Consumable store, Chronic Treatment Ward, Rehabilitation Ward, Tuberculosis Clinic and the Sleep Lab.
He said that the 20 metre-wide landslide also caused structural damage to the Sleep Lab building and the Hospital Support Services (HSS) store.
“The hospital has also cordoned off the landslide area and covered the site with canvas. Several measures will be taken, including immediate repair works by the Public Works Department and special welfare assistance for employees affected by the incident.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today his key performance index (KPI) for the Ministry of Health (MOH) after taking over its portfolio includes ensuring 80 per cent of the adult population be fully vaccinated in his first 100 days.
In a press conference, the Rembau MP added that vaccinations for those aged between 12 to 17 will also begin next week.
“We will announce the target for teenagers soon, based on the vaccine supply we have. Vaccination for teenagers will begin in Sarawak, as they have reached 80 per cent full vaccination among adults.
“I hope that within these 100 days, as many teenagers as possible get vaccinated so that when school begins again, these teens will be fully vaccinated,” he said.
Sabah hospitals are looking into converting more wards to treat Covid-19 patients if there is a spike in the number of infections in the state.
State Community Development and People's Wellbeing Minister Shahelmey Yahya said to date, 70 per cent of the ventilators and intensive care unit (ICU) beds have been utilised by Covid-19 patients, with a remainder of 30 per cent capacity.
There are two major hospitals in Kota Kinabalu, and others in Tawau, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Keningau which are equipped with ICU beds and ventilators.
The country added 19,057 cases to the Covid-19 tally as of noon today but for the second day straight the number of infections have dropped below the 20,000 mark, bolstering hope that the outbreak would stabilise soon.
The densely populated state of Selangor still contributes the largest share of cases, at 3775, but still had a visible drop from recent days.
Three states — Sabah, Johor, and Sarawak — all registered cases above the 2,000 mark in the last 24 hours, while Penang, Kelantan, Perak and Kedah recorded cases above 1,000 respectively, in a sign that states outside the central region could be hit by yet another wave of infections.
Several localities in Lipis, Pahang will be placed under the enhanced movement control order beginning Sept 5.
The affected areas are Pekan Padang Tengku, Kampung Baru, Taman Bakti and Taman Dahlia at the Gua sub-district.
Also to be placed under lockdown are two localities in Perak - Taman Samudera in Seri Manjung and Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Cincin in Batang Padang.
The enhanced MCO will be for 14 days until Sept 18.
Malaysia’s Covid-19 infectivity rate or R0 (R-naught) has come down to below 1.0 for two days straight, with a reading of 0.97 on Friday (Sept 3).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the decreasing infectivity rate was a positive sign.
"This is a positive sign as many economic and social sectors have been opened recently and the situation looks controlled, and shows it is gradually becoming better.
Thirty-four new clusters were identified on Friday (Sept 3), bringing the number of active clusters nationwide to 1,476.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 20 of the clusters were workplace clusters, eight were community clusters, four were high-risk clusters, one education cluster and one religious cluster involving 1,109 cases.
"A total of 764 cases were attributed to workplace clusters, while 236 cases were recorded within the community clusters.
Malaysia has 19,378 more cases of Covid-19 on Friday (Sept 3), the Health Ministry reported.
Cumulatively, Malaysia has had 1,805,382 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.
In the same 24-hour period, there were 330 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 17,521.
There were also 22,399 recoveries, which means 1,528,672 have recovered from the disease nationwide.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today that he has set early October as the target for the administration Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for high-risk groups.
During the Kedah Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference, Khairy listed those who fall into the category: the elderly with comorbidities, frontliners with health issues or at high-risk, those with poor immune systems and workers at old folks homes.
“We will prioritise them first and after that, we will open to others. This, we may be able to execute in early October for this first group, God willing,” he said.
A large crowd of people seen in a viral video queueing up without observing social distancing in front of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur supposedly to get their Covid-19 vaccination were actually there for a welfare programme, says the government.
The Health Ministry said that the crowd was not there for a vaccination programme but a Bantuan Prihatin programme under the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan managing the Rumah Prihatin.
The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) also said that as such, they were not the ones in charge of managing the queues of the crowd outside the hotel on Wednesday (Aug 11) morning.
The Health Ministry is to distribute as soon as possible several units of medical equipment at the yet-to-open Cyberjaya Hospital to four hospitals in the Klang Valley to treat Covid-19 patients.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said these equipment — 42 units of ventilator, two units of mobile X-ray machines, one ultrasound unit and 20 intensive-care beds — would be sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang and Kuala Lumpur Hospital to treat Covid-19 patients in need of respiratory aid, especially Category 5 patients.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin made a surprise visit to Kajang Hospital today.
Ministry officials confirmed the matter with the New Straits Times, saying that Khairy spent an hour looking at the conditions at the healthcare facility and meet with staff and personnel.
A medical officer, Dr Khairul Hafidz (@khairul_hafidz) took to Twitter sharing the minister's surprise visit to the hospital on a weekend.
"Spotted in Hospital Kajang. This is what we call a real surprise visit. Some of the staff would surely have had their hearts 'pop out of their chest' seeing the minister arriving for the visit. Good job YB @Khairykj," he wrote.
The Johor Special Covid-19 Task Force has held its first meeting here to improve management of the pandemic in the state.
Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the task force would monitor and improve the system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat Covid-19 patients.
"This is to ensure that the pandemic is always under control.
"Contact tracing needs to be accelerated so that it is done within 24 to 48 hours, and vaccination rates must also be increased," he said in a statement posted on Facebook here on Friday (Sept 17).
Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi.
However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.
“Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.
Four Covid-19 cases were discovered following screening exercises carried out at air and sea entry points to Langkawi.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the four were among 3,454 individuals who were screened before leaving for Langkawi.
One case each was detected at the Penang and Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport in Subang.
“Two positive cases were discovered at the Kuala Perlis jetty,” he said in his tweet on Friday (Sept 17).
The Kedah government will expand and improve its vaccination facilities after the state managed to obtain more vaccine supplies from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti).
Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said Kedah received 226,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine a week compared to 80,000 doses previously, hence the state government through the Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force (CITF) needed to speed up the vaccination process in the state.
“We will open a mega vaccination centre (PPV) at SP Sport Centre (in Sungai Petani) with a capacity of 5,000 doses per day in collaboration with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd, making it the largest integrated PPV in Kedah. The PPV will start operating on August 6,” he said in a statement here today.
There are still 26 teachers out of the 4,710 teachers in the state who are refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, said Perlis state executive councillor in charge of education, Rozieana Ahmad.
She said they are being persuaded to get vaccinated before school reopens.
“We need to coax them to ensure school runs smoothly and the safety of students, particularly,” she told reporters at the Perlis State Assembly Complex today where the august house is sitting.
The Pauh assemblywoman (BN) said school staffers need to get vaccinated but the 26 teachers are still not ready due to some reasons like a chronic illness.
“I’m appealing to them to consider the students rather than themselves to prevent the children from falling behind,” she said.
Two Orang Asli villages in Pahang will be placed under the 14-day Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from midnight today (Sept 20) to curb the spread of Covid-19.
National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the EMCO would end on Oct 3.
"The two villages are Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Koi, Hulu Cheka in Jerantut and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Pareh in Bentong," he said in a statement today.
Rodzi said the EMCO at Taman Pantai Lok Kawi in Papar, Sabah which was to end tomorrow (Sept 20), would be extended until Oct 4.
Kelantan is expected to receive 18,000 single-dose CanSino vaccine in stages beginning Sept 23, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He said the vaccine would be sent to Gua Musang and Kuala Krai to enable those living in the interior areas to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
He said the single-dose vaccine would not only be given to the Orang Asli but also villagers staying in these areas.
"There are 7,000 Orang Asli's in Kelantan who are expected to receive the single-dose vaccine while the rest will be given to others," he told a Press conference after visiting a vaccination centre (PPV) in Tunjong here today.
Terengganu will be moving into Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from September 17, announced Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today.
In a statement, Ismail Sabri said that the new activities allowed for the state will be according to the standard operating procedures (SOP) it has set by the National Security Council, but warned Malaysians not to take advantage of their new freedoms.
“The fact that the government is loosening restrictions doesn’t mean that we can ignore safety practices that we have been exercising for more than a year,” he said.
Night and morning markets in Melaka will only be allowed to operate after all traders and employees have received two-dose of Covid-19 vaccine, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
He said this was to ensure the safety of the public and was in line with the state government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by October.
“The state government is actively expediting vaccination of the relevant groups through the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC) as well as private collaboration with local authorities (PBT).
About 1.99 million doses of vaccine are needed to inoculate workers in the manufacturing sector under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) between July and September this year.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said 600,000 doses of vaccine would be required next month, 600,000 doses in August and 795,000 doses in September for the PIKAS programme, which would be carried out at 49 designated industry vaccination centres (PPVs).
"This supply of vaccines is vital for a successful implementation of PIKAS, and National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinator Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given an assurance that PIKAS would be allocated 600,000 doses in July.
A total of 2,446 students in Form Four and Form Five here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, ahead of the reopening of schools on Oct 4, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail.
He said this represents 94.33 per cent of the 2,593 students registered for the first phase of vaccination which began on Sept 11.
"All the students, who were accompanied by their parents, were excited to have the opportunity to get the jabs.
"We are quite sure those who have received the first dose will complete the second dose before schools reopen next month," he told Bernama today.
Sabah will proceed with inoculating teenagers despite the vaccination rate among its adult population still being below 80 per cent.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the vaccinations would start tomorrow for those aged between 12 and 17.
He said the matter was decided at the cabinet meeting here today.
"This was also in line with the Health Ministry's stand to get as many adolescents in the high-risk group to be vaccinated. It is also in anticipation of the reopening of schools starting Oct 3," he said in a statement.
A total of 99.74 per cent of the 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak today were asymptomatic and mild cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
The Sarawak SDMC said in a statement that, of the new cases, 1,788 cases were in Category One (no symptoms); 912 in Category Two (mild symptoms), one in Category Three (lung infections), two in Category Four (requiring oxygen) and four in Category Five (requiring ventilator).
“With the increased number of new cases, the cumulative infections in the state is now at 179,788,” it added.