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11 new cases, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 10), bringing total infections in the country to 9,094. Out of the 11 new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five were imported cases, while the rest were local transmissions. The five imported cases consist of five Malaysians who were returning from Australia, Japan and Singapore.

Two more localities placed under EMCO, this time in Perlis

National

Yet more areas have been placed under the targeted enhanced movement control order (EMCO) for cases related to the Sivagangga cluster. Ismail said the two areas in Perlis that would be affected are Kampung Kuala Sanglang and Kampung Tanah Timbul in Sanglang, involving 191 houses and 872 residents.

Air fares must be back to normal as airlines can now operate at full capacity: Minister

National

Airlines must adjust their ticket pricing to how it was before the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. In his National Security Council (NSC) press conference, Ismail Sabri explained that the government initialy understood the increase in ticket prices airlines had imposed which was because they were allowed to fly only 66% of the plane’s passenger capacity due to social distancing.

Minister: Sabah allowing China workers in not discussed at federal level

National

The Sabah government's decision to allow workers from China into the state was not discussed with the Federal Government, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said the issue was never discussed in the special ministerial meeting that coordinates the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) or in the National Security Council (NSC).

Reopening of schools: Some are eager, some are concerned

National

AFTER four months of staying at home and attending online classes, Lili Afiya Shahrul Anuar, 9, is raring to return to school. The Year 3 pupil of SK Taman Ria in Sungai Petani, Kedah, said she didn't enjoy studying at home. "Studying at home is hard as my house can get noisy. The Internet is slow and I have to share one smartphone with my siblings for school work.

NUTP: Teachers should be retrained to work under new normal

National

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged the Education Ministry to conduct more engagement sessions to better understand the problems of teachers ahead of the reopening of schools from July 15. NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan said this would allow for more fine-tuning and ensure that education proceeded on the right track.

TNB: Domestic customers will get BPE details in their July bill

National

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) says its domestic (residential) customers may view the details of the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik (BPE) received for the months of April, May and June in the Detailed Statement issued in July. In a statement, TNB said customers would receive the Detailed Statement together with their July bills via mail within seven days after the meter reading.

Ku Li urges Putrajaya, banking sector to seek and secure Covid-19 vaccine

National

The government and banking sector should do much more to support, assist and facilitate any genuine private sector initiatives in finding and securing a workable vaccine for Covid-19 from reputable sources overseas, said Gua Musang MP Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. The veteran Umno stalwart, popularly known as Ku Li, added that most vaccine developments overseas are undertaken by private sector biotech firms.

620 under home quarantine yet to undergo 2nd Covid-19 screening

National

A total of 620 people who were placed under home quarantine have yet to undergo their second Covid-19 screening. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the authorities are seeking the cooperation of these individuals to do so, and urged them to contact the Health Ministry for further information. "Police will take action if they fail to do so," he said in a statement today.

Covid-19: Only one new case, 21 discharged (July 1)

National

Malaysia recorded only one new case on Wednesday (July 1), the lowest daily figure since the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic began in the country. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the sole case on Wednesday is an imported case, which means there are no local transmissions on the day. On Feb 26, Malaysia recorded no new cases – the last time the count was this low.

Back to school: Full reopening by July 22

National

Schools nationwide are set to welcome all students - primary and secondary - in phases, starting July 15. Education Senior Minister Dr Radzi Jidin announced this today as the country enters the recovery mode after three months of strict restrictions on movement to address the spread of Covid-19. He said the process would be carried out in two phases.

Co-curricular, sporting activities not allowed yet

National

Co-curricular and sporting activities cannot be held in schools yet despite the reopening of schools starting July 15, said Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin. In a televised press conference today, Radzi said all remaining school students would only have in-class activities. "Co-curricular and sports activities cannot be held yet, students and teachers will only come to school for teaching and learning (PdP).

Police to track down overseas returnees who refuse to undergo second Covid-19 screening

National

Police will be mobilised to track down individuals who refuse to undergo a second screening on the 13th day of their home quarantine after returning from overseas, according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said action could be taken against those found to have violated the home supervision and observation order under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Kuliah, fardhu ain classes, solat dhuha at mosques, surau now allowed

National

Religious classes (kuliah) and solat dhuha at mosques and surau are now allowed to take place. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this followed a suggestion by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (religious affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri on the matter.

55 people nabbed for defying SOPs, 11 under remand

National

Fifty-five people were nabbed and issued compounds by the police for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 11 were being remanded and 44 others issued compounds for various offences.

Chief minister: Workers from China allowed back to Sabah, kindergartens reopen

Sabah

Sabah is opening its doors again to foreign workers from China to jumpstart the construction industry in the state which has stalled due to the imposition of the movement control order (MCO). Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced that the state is opening its air, land and sea borders to Chinese nationals.

Two CIQS complexes to open in Kedah, Perlis, says Ismail Sabri

National

Two Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security complexes will be opened in the north to monitor the flow of commercial traffic, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the special ministerial meeting on implementing the movement control order has selected Padang Besar in Perlis and Durian Burung in Kedah as the sites of the complexes.

Theme dream: Theme parks raring to reopen

National

Theme parks operators were gleeful upon learning that they could resume operations from tomorrow. Sunway Lagoon, the Lost World of Tambun and Legoland are among the theme parks waiting to resume operations. This was after they and other water parks and theme parks were forced to close for nearly three months due to the imposition of the Movement Control Order since March 18.

Face it: Masks not suitable for small kids

National

The use of face masks among children aged 5 and below while attending classes is discouraged as it could pose a safety risk, said senior consultant paediatrician Datuk Dr Amar Singh. Dr Amar, former Paediatric Department head at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here, said children at that age, especially those who could not speak fluently or had health problems such as asthma, might have difficulty with wearing masks for a long period.

Control guests, or no social events

National

Social events are not allowed during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period if the organisers feel they cannot control the situation or guests' behaviour. This aspect is included in the standard operating procedure (SOP) for holding social events such as feasts, wedding and engagement ceremonies, approved at the Special Ministers' Meeting on the Implementation of the RMCO on June 22.

After over 100 days of closure, cinema operators in Malaysia ready to welcome back moviegoers

National

Cinema operators in Malaysia are gearing up to welcome moviegoers back into theatres from tomorrow after 15 weeks of total closure since the implementation of the movement control order on March 18. But, expect a “new normal” cinema-going experience that puts health and safety at the forefront.

CIDB keeping close watch on construction sites during RMCO

National

The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has inspected 74 construction sites involving 128 officers on Monday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 61 of these construction sites had complied to the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs); five others failed to do so with warning issued, and eight sites were not in operation.

Health Ministry: Two new Covid-19 cases, no deaths for 16th day

National

Malaysia recorded two Covid-19 new cases on Tuesday (June 30), bringing the country's total to 8,639 infections. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said 20 more cases have been discharged, which means 8,354 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.

2 Cambodians returning home from Malaysia test positive for Covid-19

National

One of two Cambodians who tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to the kingdom from Malaysia recently is former patient '1051' who had fully recovered from the disease. The Cambodian tested positive upon arrival in his homeland even though his infection is now inactive. "(He) was tested using the Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-CPR) test, (but) it is now an inactive virus.

Be alert if you visited Sandakan market in last two weeks, says municipal council chief

Sarawak

Those who have visited the fish retail and wholesale markets of Pasar Umum Bandar Sandakan here between June 14 and 28 are advised to monitor their health condition, following the detection of a positive Covid-19 case there. Sandakan Municipal Council president Wong Foo Tin, in a statement tonight, said anyone showing symptoms should immediately go to the Duchess of Kent Hospital or Sandakan area health clinic for Covid-19 tests.

Three new cases, no deaths for 15th day in a row

National

Malaysia recorded three new Covid-19 cases on Monday (June 29), bringing the country’s total infections to 8,637. All three cases are Malaysians, with one of them an import case involving an individual with recent travel history to New Zealand and Fiji. The other two are local transmissions detected in Selangor and Sabah from the ministry’s Covid-19 screening exercise, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here Monday.

Covid-19 tests to be free for first-time returning students, civil servants, disabled

National

The compulsory Covid-19 screening tests at airports for returning Malaysians will be free for those who are either disabled or students, says Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He also said the exemption from paying for Covid-19 tests would also be extended civil servants returning from official duties overseas. For the disabled, they will need to show their disability card from the Welfare Department (JKM) to authorities.

Malaysians, foreigners entering the country must pay for Covid-19 test

National

Malaysians and foreigners entering the country will have to pay for the Covid-19 screening test upon their arrival starting today, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. This new ruling however does not apply to people with special needs, civil servants returning home from official matters, and students from abroad.

No more temperature screening at outlets, only at mall entrances

National

Outlets in shopping malls would only need to record the names and phone numbers of visitors for contact tracing purposes and would no longer be required to scan body temperature. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Special Cabinet Meeting on the Movement Control Order (MCO) today decided that body temperature screening would only be conducted once at the main entrance of shopping malls.

Ismail Sabri flays Chini folk seen flouting Covid-19 SOPs in viral photo

National

All quarters involved in the Chini by-election and campaigning have been reminded to adhere to standard-operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri stressed that the SOPs and guidelines must be observed by everyone until the polls are held on July 4.

National

11 new cases, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 10), bringing total infections in the country to 9,094. Out of the 11 new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five were imported cases, while the rest were local transmissions. The five imported cases consist of five Malaysians who were returning from Australia, Japan and Singapore.

Kuala Lumpur

Non-compliance with Covid-19 SOP not my turf, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker tells DAP MP

Kuala Lumpur

Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said today said she has no power to eject any MP who does not wear a face mask or fails to comply with health regulations in Parliament amid the current Covid-19 pandemic. She said the decision to allow any MP to enter Parliament without a face mask lay with the Parliament director-general, its sergeant-at-arms and the security forces stationed there.

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

Opposition MPs ask Johor govt to bear quarantine costs for the poor

Johor

If the federal government is unwilling to cover the quarantine costs for poor Johoreans who want to return from Singapore, the Johor state government has the responsibility to do so. Akmal Nasir (PKR - Johor Baru) said the Johor administration should emulate the Sarawak state government which bears the total quarantine costs for all Sarawakians returning to the state.

Perak

Perak Health Department tracing close contacts of virus positive nurse

Perak

The Perak State Health Department (JKN) is tracing and conducting Covid-19 screenings on all close contacts including patients who were treated by a healthcare worker at a clinic here. State Health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said the measure was taken after the staff was detected positive yesterday. She said the nurse was tested after she showed symptoms of respiratory tract infection at a health clinic on Wednesday, before a Covid-19 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test was found positive the next day.

P.Pinang

Penang exco expresses frustration with Health Ministry over ignored suggestions

P.Pinang

As the authorities try to contain the spread of infections from the Sivagangga Covid cluster, the Penang executive councillor in charge of public health has expressed frustration with the Health Ministry for not acting on her suggestion earlier. Dr Norlela Ariffin had asked for overseas returnees to be subjected to centralised quarantine instead of self-isolation. However, the ministry had only reverted to enforced centralised quarantine on July 24.

Kedah

New clusters: Can legal action be taken for criminal negligence?

Kedah

OVER the last couple of months, Kedah had been a green zone and its residents have been able to move about freely, always observing the Health Ministry's standard operating procedures — wearing face masks and keeping a physical distance. Overnight, things changed. It was all due to a returnee from Sivagangga, India, who had allegedly disobeyed orders to quarantine himself in his house and went out to conduct his business at a restaurant in Napoh, Kedah.

Perlis

Students attendance drops below 50% in Perlis

Perlis

Student attendance in Perlis schools has dropped below 50%, following parents’ concern over the Covid-19 outbreak linked to the Sivagangga Cluster in Kuala Sanglang. State Education Committee chairman Roziena Ahmad said this drop was also after the authorities enforced the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in Kampung Tanah Timbul and Kampung Kuala Sanglang last Saturday.

Pahang

Cops say only 1,000 visitors allowed at Teluk Cempedak at any one time on weekends

Pahang

Effective today, the number of visitors to Teluk Cempedak beach is limited to 1,000 people at any one time on weekends to ensure public compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) on physical distancing. Kuantan District Police chief ACP Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the implementation of the new SOP will take effect from 10am to 10pm on Friday to Sunday, with each visitor is required to take a visitor’s card at any of the three entry points to the popular beach.

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

Terengganu now a green zone after final Covid-19 patient discharged

Terengganu

Terengganu is now free of Covid-19 and has been categorised as green zone, said state Health Director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus. He said this follows current developments of Covid-19 in the state, with the last positive patient discharged from hospital on Wednesday. He added that the 35-year-old patient from Kemaman was admitted into the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital (HTAA) in Kuantan, Pahang on May 20 after being found positive for Covid-19.

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

Labuan Covid-19 check for new students

Labuan

The Labuan Health Department is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the over 2,000 new students coming to the Labuan Matriculation College here are free from Covid-19. Its director, Dr Ismuni Bohari, said the team from the department will screen the students just like it does all other passengers coming to the island via ferries and through the airport.

Sabah

Sabah tightens SOP as cases increase

Sabah

Sabah has decided to tighten standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) to control the spread of Covid-19 following the rise in the number of cases in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the Sabah State Health Department report showed that the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases on July 25 was 384 and increased to 402 cases on August 4, that is an increase of 18 cases.

Sarawak

Flights into Sarawak to resume after Aug 14 if no drastic increase in Covid-19 cases, says state tourism minister

Sarawak

Airlines will be told to resume flights into the state after August 14 if there is no drastic increase in Covid-19 cases, said state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. “The ministry had a meeting with the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) this morning. “We will inform the airlines if there is no drastic increase in cases. Then after August 14, we will open up,” he told a press conference after the launch of Journal of Responsible Tourism Management at Baitulmakmur 2 here today.