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Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia records 1,309 Covid-19 cases today, highest number of cases recorded in KL

National

The Health Ministry reported 1,309 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with Kuala Lumpur accounting for the highest number of cases. Kuala Lumpur recorded 493 cases, or 37.7 per cent of today’s overall total. Three deaths and 1,333 recoveries were also recorded.

Four new Covid-19 clusters emerge in KL, KK, Klang and Kelantan

National

Four new Covid-19 clusters were detected nationwide today, as the number of positive cases continues to climb. The new clusters are the Sungai Mulia construction site cluster in Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur; the Batu Lima cluster in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; the Yayasan cluster in Klang, Selangor; and the Hilir cluster involving Kota Baru, Tumpat, Bachok and Pasir Puteh in Kelantan.

Give Muhyiddin the Budget to fight Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will have a smooth session in Parliament beginning Monday as parties that plan to hold him by the neck in return for giving him support to pass the Budget are now thinking twice or even three times about that. The Istana Negara has given a “friendly or soft” reminder that the Budget is very important and expected to have a smooth path in next week’s tabling of Budget and have it passed as it involves continuing the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19 and livelihood of the people.

Ministry: Covid-19 test a must for construction workers in entire Klang Valley, not just CMCO red zones

Kuala Lumpur

Covid-19 swab tests are mandatory for all construction sites within the Klang Valley and not just in Covid-19 red zones, the Works Ministry has clarified. In a list of frequently-asked questions (FAQ) following the extension of a conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya until November 9, the Works Ministry said construction sites in the Klang Valley may continue to operate as usual subject to the standard operating procedures and need not apply for work permits from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) to do so.

To help the deaf, Malaysian academics translate screening questions into sign language

National

Researchers from Monash University Malaysia have developed sign language translations of Covid-19 screening questions after being inspired by the story of a deaf patient who was infected with the virus. Uma Devi Palanisamy is an associate professor in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences who led a team of clinicians, researchers, and students to translate the questions into Malaysian Sign Language or Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM).

Two employees of Avisena Specialist Hospital test Covid-19 positive

Selangor

Avisena Women's and Children's Specialist Hospital here has confirmed that two of its staff members have tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, Avisena Group said both employees are from the management team and had very limited contact with customers. "They have been practicing strict SOP guidelines, wearing masks at all times during their working hours.

SK Haji Hasan in Tapah ordered to close

Perak

Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Haji Hasan, Changkat Petai, Tapah Road, about 80 kilometres from here, has been ordered to close for seven days from tomorrow until November 3 due to Covid-19 infection in the school. Perak Education director Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the closure was to allow cleaning and disinfection works to be carried out by the Health Ministry (MOH).

Malaysians demonstrate solidarity with Sabahans through donations

Sabah

As Sabah continues to record the highest daily number of Covid-19 cases per day, fellow Malaysians are showing solidarity by donating in cash and kind. Sabah currently has 16 districts that have been classified as red zones, nine classified as yellow zones and one – Tongod – maintaining its green zone classification.

PM orders public health action in Sabah to be enhanced

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pix) has ordered the control and capability of public health action in Sabah be enhanced to curb the spread of Covid-19 immediately. He said this when chairing a special meeting of the National Security Council (MKN), which was held according to the new normal via a video conference from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Rapid KL routes diverted following EMCO at Plaza Hentian Kajang

Selangor

Following the enforcement of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Plaza Hentian Kajang, near here, from tomorrow, several Rapid KL bus routes will be diverted. Rapid KL in a statement yesterday said the affected routes are the Rapid KL 450 route, Selangor Smart Bus KJ01 and KJ04 routes as well as the MRT T464 Feeder Bus route.

A call for all politicians to fight Covid-19 together

National

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded the highest ever daily Covid-19 cases – at 1,240 – bringing the cumulative cases to a staggering 27,805. And the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor, which was initially scheduled to end today, has been extended for another two weeks. The Covid-19 cases keep on spiralling to record highs – as with the country's fluid and rambunctious political scene. Will politicians continue their "antics" at the expense of the people and country?

Kuching enters red zone again with 16 new local transmissions, 12 coming from Baki cluster

Sarawak

Sarawak recorded 16 new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 in Kuching today, as the district is once more labelled a red zone. In the daily press conference on Covid-19 updates in the state, Deputy Chief Minister and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that from the total number of cases today, 12 are from the Baki cluster.

Another Sarawak village placed under EMCO

Sarawak

Kampung Haji Baki – will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) after 27 Covid-19 cases were traced to the area. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to enforce the EMCO was at the Sarawak state government's request after 27 out of 845 residents of Kampung Haji Baki tested positive for the infection yesterday.

CMCO: Congregational prayers in Nilai mosques and surau allowed but limited to three people, says MB

N.Sembilan

All mosques and surau located in Nilai, which will be placed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) for two weeks beginning tomorrow (October 28), are still allowed to hold five congregational obligatory prayers, but limited to three officials, namely, imam, bilal and siak. Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said that Friday prayers are also allowed to be held, with a maximum of 40 people.

As Covid-19 case numbers rise, SDMC orders all entertainment, reflexology centres in Sarawak to close from tomorrow until further notice

Sarawak

All entertainment centres and reflexology centres statewide have been ordered to close starting tomorrow (October 28), said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. Speaking during a press conference today, Uggah, who is the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said the order to close all entertainment centres and reflexology centres in the state will come into effect until further notice.

Two new Covid-19 clusters in Kota Kinabalu, Labuan

National

The Health Ministry today identified two new Covid-19 clusters in Borneo Malaysia — one located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and the other in Limbungan, Labuan. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new Kota Kinabalu cluster is named Lintas and was detected during workplace screenings on October 26.

835 new cases, death toll now at 238 with two new fatalities

National

Malaysia recorded 835 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday (Oct 27), with Sabah showing a reduction in its daily total with 517 cases. A day before, Sabah recorded 927 cases while the country saw a record daily hike of 1,240 cases. The country also reported two new Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 238.

Putrajaya announces EMCO in two areas in Selangor, and another in Sarawak

National

The government has placed several housing areas in Kuala Langat and Hulu Langat, Selangor, and Kuching, Sarawak under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO). The areas involved are the Sungai Emas flats on Jalan Emas 31 and 32 in Kuala Langat, Plaza Hentian Kajang in Hulu Langat, and Kampung Haji Baki in Kuching. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the EMCO was called after consultations with the Ministry of Health (MOH), and the EMCO will start from tomorrow.

612 penalised for CMCO violations

National

A total of 612 individuals were nabbed for flouting the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), of which 604 were issued compounds and eight remanded. The violations included defying the standard operating procedures (SOP) such as not wearing face masks (156), failure to adhere to social distancing (145), failure to provide devices or record customers’ details (134), and being in entertainment venues that are not suppoed to be operating (96).

Health Ministry’s Covid-19 data accurate, says communications minister

National

Covid-19 data provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and published by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) is authentic, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said. “The government since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic has always ensured that MOH’s data is authentic,” he said in a statement today.

Another Bank Muamalat employee tests Covid-19 positive, this time in JB

Johor

Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (Bank Muamalat) today affirmed that one of its Johor Baru Regional Office employees has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the bank said all employees at the regional office and Johor Baru branch who had been in direct contact with the employee have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. "Contact tracing is also underway, in line with the Health Ministry's guidelines.

MBSJ closes HQ for disinfection after staff tests positive for Covid-19

Selangor

The Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) headquarters in USJ 5 has been closed for disinfection after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19, the SJ Echo reported today. The community news publication attached a notice by MBSJ in a post on its Facebook page, which said that the headquarters will be closed today and reopen tomorrow.

Hajiji sworn in as Sulaman assemblyman

Sabah

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor has been sworn in as Sulaman assemblyman today. He was discharged about a week ago after receiving treatment for Covid-19 at the Queen Elizabeth hospital. The ceremony was held before state assembly speaker Datuk Kadzim Yahya at the state assembly meeting room at Teluk Likas near here.

916 public locations sanitised in Selangor since MCO - Fire and Rescue Dept

Selangor

Sanitation operation has been conducted at 916 public areas in Selangor since the movement control order (CMO) was enforced last March, said State Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis. He said the premises that were sanitised included office buildings, markets, tahfiz centres, mosques and surau.

Sarawak PKR says ministers, leaders also must be quarantined when re-entering Sarawak

Sarawak

Sarawak PKR today asked state leaders, including federal ministers from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon returning from Putrajaya as persons-under-surveillance (PUS) for Covid-19. State PKR information chief Abu Sui Anyit said the mandatory order should not only apply to the ordinary people, but also to the ministers and state leaders.

3-ply face mask 70 sen per piece from Nov 1

National

The new retail ceiling price for three-ply face mask will be reduced to 70 sen from RM1 per piece previously, effective this Sunday (Nov 1), said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi . He said the wholesale ceiling price of a three-ply face mask would also be reduced to 65 sen from 95 sen per piece previously.

Budget 2021: Training fund for retrenched workers due to Covid-19 needed

National

The government has been urged to allocate some funds in the upcoming Budget 2021 that can be utilised for training and reskilling activities, especially for workers who were retrenched following the Covid-19 pandemic, an academician said. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s senior professor of economics and business faculty Datuk Shazali Abu Mansor said the laid-off workers, mostly from the badly affected industries such as tourism, hospitality and aviation, faced difficulty in finding new jobs.

More workers well-versed in Islamic rituals needed for Covid-19 patients

Sabah

The Persatuan Kebajikan Islam Perubatan Sabah (PERKIPS) needs more workers who are well-versed in Islamic rituals to help manage patients and the remains of Covid-19 victims at each of the hospitals in the state. Its president, Mohd Zamri Baharudin said currently, PERKIPS only had 56 such workers including 28 women assigned to all the hospitals in the state to assist the Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel.

Report: Bukit Aman confirms 161 cops, family members have tested positive for Covid-19

National

A total of 161 police officers and personnel including their family members have tested positive for Covid-19 to date. Bukit Aman Management Department director Datuk Ramli Din revealed that those who have tested positive comprised 17 senior police officers, 91 low-ranking personnel, five civilian personnel and 48 family members. “We are constantly monitoring the situation as the safety of our personnel is a priority.

Ismail Sabri says public compliance in wearing face masks still top RMCO offence

National

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today that the top offence during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) is still individuals failing to wear face masks. Ismail added that 196 out of 857 individuals that were arrested yesterday were due to not complying with the directive to wear face masks. “As we can see, failure to wear masks is still the number one violation during RMCO,” Ismail Sabri said in his press briefing here.

National

Companies flouting Covid-19 SOP to be ordered closed immediately, Azmin warns

National

Companies that fail to comply with stipulated standard operating procedure (SOP) throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO) will face immediate revocation of their operating permits as well as legal action, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. He said his ministry had issued a letter regarding the SOP compliance order to 171 associations and chambers of business on November 26.

Kuala Lumpur

Cops hold 93 individuals for flouting CMCO at entertainment centre in KL

Kuala Lumpur

Although Covid-19 cases are still high and entertainment activities are prohibited, some people are still taking the risk of visiting an entertainment centre in Jalan Ampang here, in defiance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) under the conditional movement control order (CMCO). Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said a total of 93 individuals were nabbed at the entertainment centre in an integrated operation last night.

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

Medan 88 EMCO: Three more residents surrender today, say police

Selangor

Three more residents of Medan 88, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, here, who did not return home after learning that the area would be under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO), surrendered today, bringing the total number who returned to 43. Sepang district police chief ACP Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof said in a statement that out of the 32 men and 11 women who surrendered, 14 were locals, 19 Indonesians, seven Thais, and one Myanmar, Indian and Nepalese each.

Johor

Johor govt warns state’s Covid-19 cases on the rise, with a new cluster identified yesterday

Johor

Johor saw an increase of 15 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, including the emergence of a new cluster, called the Kobena Cluster. Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the latest figure brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in the state to 1,100. He said of the total, 946 cases or 86 per cent had recovered.

Perak

Gerik residents hope for state of emergency declaration to forestall by-election

Perak

Residents of Gerik are hopeful that a state of emergency will be declared in the parliamentary constituency to postpone a pending by-election. People here say the spike in Covid-19 cases following the Sabah polls should be a lesson for everyone, even though Gerik is still in a green zone.

P.Pinang

Traders concerned as Penang Sentral almost deserted due to Covid-19

P.Pinang

The Covid-19 pandemic, that is still plaguing the world, has been affecting all walks of life, especially small traders who are feeling the pinch the most due to the outbreak. A check at the Penang Sentral here today found that the majority of traders were concerned as they have hardly any customers of late.

Kedah

EMCO to end as scheduled in Baling village

Kedah

The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kg Padang Che Mas, Baling, Kedah will end as scheduled on Oct 31. This was announced by Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today during his daily press conference on non-health matters pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic. The village was placed under EMCO on Oct 18.

Perlis

No objections for Kanger to purchase Covid-19 vaccine

Perlis

Kanger International Bhd (Kanger) said it has received support from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI) to purchase Covid-19 vaccines for private sector use in Malaysia. In a statement today, the company said the National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) -- an agency under MOSTI -- has no objections for the company to liaise with the China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (Sinopharm) on the purchase of the vaccines.

Pahang

Fraser's Hill hiking trails remain open; Facebook posting fake

Pahang

Tourism Pahang has dismissed a social media post alleging that a trail in Fraser's Hill, Raub, has been ordered to close after several hikers tested positive for Covid-19. Its general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar described the Facebook posting as fake saying the Pine Tree Trail, which is popular among hikers and nature lovers, remains open for trekkers.

Kelantan

558 vehicles attempting to enter Kelantan ordered to turn back, say police

Kelantan

A total of 558 vehicles attempting to enter Kelantan were prevented from entering the state and ordered to turn back since enforcement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in the red zone states since last November 9. Kelantan police chief DCP Shafien Mamat said the vehicles were ordered to turn back as they did not have the permit for inter-state crossing issued by the police nor valid reason to do so.

Terengganu

Banning people from entering business outlets an act of discrimination

Terengganu

The action of certain business owners in banning residents from Ketengah Jaya in Dungun from entering their outlets for fear of Covid-19 infection is a form of discrimination and should not have happened, said Terengganu State Health Department Director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus (pix). Ketengah Jaya, which is located in Rasau, has a population of 31,000 and so far, has recorded 22 positive cases of Covid-19.

Melaka

Over 8,000 Berendam cluster factor workers to undergo Covid-19 screening

Melaka

More than 8,000 workers from a factory in Batu Berendam here will undergo Covid-19 screening after some of them tested positive, said state Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman. He said the factory, which will bear the cost of the screening, initiated the move following a rise in Covid-19 positive cases among its employees, triggering a new cluster called the Berendam Cluster.

N.Sembilan

CMCO: Non-Muslim houses of worship allowed to operate provided SOP adhered to

N.Sembilan

Non-Muslim houses of worship located in areas placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Seremban district including Nilai, are allowed to operate provided the standard operating procedures (SOP) are adhered to. Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun in emphasising the matter said there was some confusion over non-Muslim houses of worship not being allowed to operate following the CMCO enforcement.

Labuan

Labuan Financial Park Complex mall ordered to close after workers test positive

Labuan

The Labuan Financial Park Complex mall has been temporarily closed beginning today, after several workers there tested positive for COVID-19. Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the closure, for a minimum of three days, is to allow complete sanitisation work to be done on all premises on levels one and two of the mall. "We have given a directive for the closure beginning today as several individuals working in the complex tested positive a couple of days ago," he told Bernama today.

Sabah

Health Minister: No more quarantine for Sabah returnees who test negative

Sabah

Those who wish to return from Sabah will no longer have to go through the mandatory 14-day quarantine, instead they are required to do a swab test three days before departing. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba in a statement today said the decision was made by the National Security Council (MKN) after seeing the number of Covid-19 cases in Sabah has dropped in the last few weeks.

Sarawak

Kuching’s CMCO extended by five more days until Nov 27

Sarawak

The enforcement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Kuching district has been extended by another five days, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SMDC) acting chairman Tan Sri James Masing said today. He said the CMCO, originally planned to end today, will be extended to November 27. “The 58 positive cases over the last 14 days are not confined to specific places but spread out over a number of areas.