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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.

Malaysia records seven new Covid-19 cases, none from Sivagangga cluster

National

The Health Ministry has recorded seven new Covid-19 cases, with six being imported cases and one locally transmitted. In his daily Covid-19 press statement, director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this meant a cumulative total of 9,070 cases nationwide with 170 active cases who are being isolated and treated.

180 arrested for defying MCO yesterday

National

A total of 180 individuals were arrested yesterday for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) directives, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) announced. “Of the total, 16 have been remanded, while 164 others were issued with a compound, for being involved in activities held with total disregard of physical distancing,” he said in a statement on the daily development of the Recovery MCO, here today.

'Adherence to new norm is key, as RMCO cannot last indefinitely'

National

It is important for the people to practice self-control in adhering to new norms brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, as the government cannot enforce restrictions on society and the economy indefinitely. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will have to end one day.

PM: Msia ready to provide support for Covid-19 vaccine development

National

Malaysia is prepared to provide assistance in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, which is being undertaken by several countries around the world. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in April, the Health Ministry established a task force to look into providing support for developing a vaccine for the deadly virus.

Ismail Sabri: Muhyiddin's nationwide MCO ‘a big and bold decision’ made for the country and people

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s decision to implement a nationwide movement control order (MCO) from March 18 has been described as a “big and bold decision” for the country and the people. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it was because, during that time, other countries were still hesitant to respond and or taking different actions in dealing with Covid-19, even after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced it a pandemic and as a global health crisis.

Lam Thye: Adopt the new normal to keep Covid-19 at bay

National

Malaysians have been reminded to play an important role in adopting and practicing the new normal as well as continuing to abide the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the people should not be complacent as the nation is still struggling in its fight against the virus.

Community must practice self-control to combat Covid-19, says Ismail Sabri

National

Community self-control is very crucial in the fight against Covid-19 as the government will not enforce the law continuously in the efforts to combat the pandemic. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was emphasised consistently at his press conferences, that members of the community who will ultimately take care of themselves, their families and the communities.

25 new Covid-19 cases today; 12 linked to Sivagangga cluster

National

Twenty-five new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, with 12 of them related to the Sivagangga Patient Under Investigation (PUI) cluster. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there are currently 210 active cases in the cluster and all of them have been isolated to undergo treatment.

Hishammuddin: Asean must purchase Covid-19 vaccine as a bloc

National

Asean must prioritise procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine as a bloc to increase its availability for the region, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. In his remarks in conjunction with the 53rd Asean Day celebration at Wisma Putra here today, Hishammuddin said that Malaysia had always maintained that it was imperative that the vaccine must be a global public good that was equitable, accessible and affordable for all.

Penang back on alert after recording first Covid-19 case in 3 months

P.Pinang

Penang today confirmed one positive Covid-19 case in the state, bringing the tally in the state to 122 since the pandemic first hit. The state has not recorded any new infection for the past 91 days, earning it the only state in Malaysia with a green state status. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow urged residents to remain calm and not resort to sharing unverified information.

Sivagangga super spreader might be the cause of possible Covid-19 third wave

National

A 57-year old carrier of the highly infectious Covid-19 virus has drawn criticism from netizens as his act of breaching a home quarantine order has seen the green zone status in the northern region wiped out. The nasi kandar restaurant owner, who is currently warded under isolation, is the index case which has seen 43 persons becoming infected. In Penang, one doctor contracted the virus while visiting Napoh over the Hari Raya Aidiladha period, while one family of 10 in Kodiang, Perlis has also become infected.

Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster spreads to Penang after Perlis, 25 total cases today

National

The Health Ministry recorded 25 new Covid-19 cases in the country today, noting that 12 were traced from the Sivagangga cluster that started in Kedah. In his daily Covid-19 press statement, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the cumulative total in Malaysia now is 9,063 cases with 210 active cases being treated. Nine are imported cases involving eight Malaysians and one non-Malaysian.

MBO: Cinema operators struggling to recover from Covid-19, MCO; could use financial aid

National

The government has been urged to provide financial support to cinema operators in the country, who are experiencing cash flow problems since the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. MCAT Box Office Sdn Bhd (MBO Cinemas) chief operating officer Cheah Chun Wai said it was learnt that the industry suffered a 55 per cent drop in sales during the first three months of the outbreak and no sales at all during the subsequent three months.

Man who broke quarantine and sparked Sivagangga cluster suspected to have brought in highly infectious strain of Covid-19

National

All it took was one infected man to break quarantine in Kedah, and the country’s progress so far in the Covid-19 war may have not only been reversed, but lost. Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the man could have unwittingly brought home a new strain of the coronavirus – dubbed the “super spreader” – when he returned to Malaysia on July 13.

140 individuals arrested for violating MCO

National

The police have arrested a total number of 140 individuals for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO). “From this number, 32 individuals were remanded and 108 individuals were issued compound for being involved in activity of many people which made social distancing difficult,“ said Senior Minister (Defense) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press statement today.

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.

Malaysians entering Sarawak from any town, city in state no longer need to be quarantined at quarantine centres, says SDMC

Sarawak

There is now no need for Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Labuan who are coming to Sarawak to be quarantined at the quarantine centres, if their last destination is any town or city in the state, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Secretariat. SDMC in a statement explained that mandatory quarantine in hotels is now only for only those travellers whose last destination is in the rural and interior areas. It also said the ruling also applies to travellers heading for the rural and interior areas via transit from other places.

6 new positive Covid-19 cases in Sivagangga Cluster

Kedah

Six new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in the Kedah's Persons Under Investigation (PUI) Sivagangga Cluster, bringing the statistics to a total of 30 people infected with the virus as of noon today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the six cases were discovered today following active case detection in the cluster linked to a nasi kandar restaurant in Napoh, Kedah. "One of the six new cases, which is Case 9,032, is from Kulim and a close contact to a family member who had gone to the nasi kandar shop involved in this cluster.

15 new cases, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases and 11 recoveries on Thursday (Aug 6), bringing the total infections in the country to 9,038. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new cases, five were imported involving three Malaysians and two non-Malaysians. The others were local transmissions involving eight Malaysians and two non-Malaysians.

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.

Ismail Sabri: Domestic Trade Ministry to monitor availability of basic necessities in four ‘mukim’ in Kedah under EMCO

Kedah

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will monitor the availability of basic necessities in the four mukim in Kedah which are under the administrative enhanced movement control order (EMCO), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said this was to ensure there was no shortage of any items, especially food, in the affected areas.

New Covid-19 cases shoot up to 21 today, with 12 of them returning from Yemen

National

Malaysia reported 21 new Covid-19 cases today, a jump from just one case yesterday. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said 15 of these were imported, bringing the total accumulated positive cases to 9,023. “Twelve Malaysian citizens who returned from Yemen tested positive for Covid-19. Also three overseas returnees from Ivory Coast, United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea also tested positive respectively.

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.

1 Covid-19 case in Kulim

Kedah

Kulim folks on social media have been frantically sharing various unverified information since last night pertaining to a potential Covid-19 positive case recorded in the district. Checks by the New Straits Times with a legitimate source confirmed that a factory worker in Kulim had infact tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Call for heavier action against quarantine breakers

Kedah

Kedahans are calling for stern action against those flouting mandatory quarantines as the state plunges deeper into a second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak. Kedah, one of the few states to have achieved green zone status only weeks ago, now has 114 cases, with 11 discovered within the past 72 hours. The state had gone through 60 days without any reported infections until last month.

Face masks selling like hot cakes with new SOP in place

National

The government’s decision to make face masks a must in crowded public areas and on public transport has caused a surge in demand for the protective gear. Shopee regional managing director Ian Ho said demand for face masks on the e-commerce platform soared by 65% on the day after the announcement was made. The demand for face masks for children has increased as well.

Ismail: Action taken against another five Covid-19 quarantine breakers

National

The police and Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday took action against five more people who violated their mandatory 14-day home quarantine, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. In a statement to the press on the daily Covid-19 update, Ismail Sabri said the police checked the homes of 1,969 individuals in a joint operation with officers from MOH, as part of their ongoing effort to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

127 individuals arrested for flouting RMCO SOPs

National

A total of 127 individuals were found to have violated the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) and its standard operating procedures (SOPs) yesterday. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement said of the total, eight were placed under remand, while 119 others were issued compounds for offences including failing to adhere to the SOP (65) and activities that hinder physical distancing (62).

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.