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Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases burst past 2,000-mark as Selangor racks up 1,623 new infections

National

Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation has deteriorated to unprecedented levels with Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reporting another 2,188 cases today to surpass yesterday’s record of 1,844 cases. Selangor contributed the overwhelming majority with 1,623 cases, followed by Sabah’s 232. Most of Selangor’s cases were, however, from the Teratai cluster involving factory workers.

329 arrested for various CMCO offences, majority for not wearing masks

National

Failure to wear face masks tops the list of offences under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The compliance operation task force led by police yesterday arrested 329 individuals for flouting the CMCO's standard operating procedures (SOP).

CMCO in Kedah to end, but not yet for Kulim

National

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kedah is set to end tomorrow, however not for the Kulim district. This was announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press conference today. The same goes for Johor, with the CMCO to end tomorrow in all districts except for Kota Tinggi and Mersing.

CMCO in Melaka, Terengganu ends tomorrow

National

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Melaka and Terengganu is set to end tomorrow. This was announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press conference today who said these states have shown a drop in active Covid-19 cases. "In Melaka, until Nov 5, there were only 61 positive cases recorded there.

Ismail Sabri: CMCO starts in Kelantan from tomorrow, ending in Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu

Kelantan

Kelantan will come under a two-week conditional movement control order (CMCO) from tomorrow due to rising Covid-19 cases there, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Kelantan had been one of only three states in the peninsula that did not come under the CMCO earlier this month.

Sabah SME Association sends “SOS” to Govt

Sabah

Sabah Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) has sent an “SOS” (distress signal) to the federal government for the Wage Subsidy Programme (WSP) to be expanded to seemingly minor players in the tourism sector. Its president Foo Ngee Kee in appreciating that the WSP has been extended under Budget 2021, said a number of businesses that were not in the loop for targeted assistance are actually directly related to industries that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Finance Ministry section chief: Govt focused on Covid-19 and its effects in drafting Budget 2021

National

The government had focused on efforts and measures to curb the Covid-19 infections as well as the pandemic’s effects in drafting Budget 2021, which was tabled on November 6. Ministry of Finance’s Government Procurement Division section head Ahmad Fauzi Sungip said the health sector is a priority for the government, especially in terms of strengthening the frontliners, in addition to the initiatives to obtain vaccines in the future.

As 2020 school year draws to a close, experts weigh in on Covid-19 pandemic's impact on Malaysian children

National

As the 2020 school year drew to a close on November 9, parents and teachers could not help but reflect on how much the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Malaysian schoolchildren’s daily lives and studies. On the last day of school, a primary school teacher in Seremban, affectionately known as Cikgu Ila, posted this message on her Year One pupils parents’ WhatsApp group: “I’ve already packed your children’s books. Later I’ll let u know when to come to the school to collect them.

Kit Siang: Malaysia seems to have lost its way in fight against Covid-19

National

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today warned that Malaysia will overtake Singapore in a week and China by the end of the year if Covid-19 cases in the country continue its four-digit growth daily. Lim claims that Malaysia seems to be losing control over the third wave of Covid-19 infections with the country registering the second highest number of cases yesterday with 1,290 new cases and four deaths.

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.

Sarawak disaster committee to meet Sunday on Kuching’s CMCO status

Sarawak

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will meet this Sunday to decide on the status of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Kuching, its acting chairman Tan Sri James Masing said today. “The decision will also take into consideration the number of new Covid-19 positive cases in the district within the next two days,” he said in a statement.

Tap underused private healthcare for Covid-19 fight, medical group tells government

National

The Malaysian Medical Association said today the healthcare sector could fall into crisis without government help as movement curbs and the pandemic has driven down revenue and forced operators towards closure and layoffs. Private clinics and hospitals have seen significantly lower patient traffic since March, MMA president Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said, citing the lockdown as a major factor.

1,290 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths reported Thursday

National

Malaysia recorded 1,290 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths over 24 hours up to noon today, said Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. Also, during the same period, 878 patients recovered from the disease, raising the number of recovered cases to 38,132 or 73.8 percent of the total number of 51,680 cases, he said in a statement.

Temporary closure of factories can help break chain of infection - Penang CM

P.Pinang

The temporary closure of several factories in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone here is necessary to break the chain of Covid-19 infection and prevent the situation from escalating, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said this had to be done although it would have a huge impact and result in major losses.

Malaysia is joining Covax, to pay RM94 million upfront, says KJ

National

Malaysia will be joining the global Covid-19 vaccine development platform, Covax Facility, as soon as the country signs the Optional Purchase Arrangement with the Global Alliance Vaccination and Immunisation (Gavi). Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government made the decision to join the facility last Friday (Nov 13) and that it will be paying about RM94 million (USD22.6 million) upfront to take part in the Covax initiative.

Two more low risk Covid-19 centres to open in Perak

Perak

Two more low risk Covid-19 centres to treat patients with mild and no symptoms will be opened in the Kinta and Hilir Perak districts following the number of Covid-19 cases detected in Perak. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said these two centres have yet to be gazetted by the National Security Council (NSC) but the state government was always on standby.

Ismail Sabri: 289 arrested yesterday nationwide for breaking Covid-19 SOPs

National

Some 289 individuals were arrested yesterday for breaching recovery and conditional movement control order (CMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) with the bulk issued compounds for failing to use a face mask. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement today 108 people were arrested for not using a mask, while 59 were punished for failing to maintain physical distance, along with 51 premises issued compounds for failing to provide contact tracing facilities.

Tumpat Hospital turns into Covid-19 hospital

Kelantan

Except for Covid-19 patients, the Tumpat Hospital will no longer accept other cases. Kelantan health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin who confirmed this, said the move was taken since last night as a precaution should Covid-19 cases continue to increase in the state. He said emergency and trauma cases that needed to be warded would be sent to other hospitals such as the Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Tengku Anis and Pasir Mas hospitals.

MOH: Eight new Covid-19 clusters, including Putra-18 in Putrajaya, Murni in KL

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today that eight new Covid-19 clusters were detected today, with three of them coming from Sabah, and one each from Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak and Johor respectively. The eight new clusters are called the Sabaru, Tomher and Garden in Sabah, Putra-18 in Putrajaya, Murni in Kuala Lumpur, Seri Pasir in Penang, Besi Demak in Sarawak and Parit Kassan in Johor.

Health Ministry increased hospital beds 14-fold in Klang Valley

National

The Health Ministry has added 14 times the number of beds in the Klang Valley to cater to the increased number of Covid-19 patients. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry only used the Sungai Buloh and Kuala Lumpur Hospitals to house Covid-19 patients.

Total cases hit 50k mark, new cases at 660 after five days of four-digit figures

National

Malaysia's cumulative Covid-19 cases surpassed the 50,000 mark after 660 new infections were reported on Wednesday (Nov 18), after five consecutive days of four digit cases. The country also reported four new Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 322.

Two areas in Ipoh placed under enhanced MCO

Perak

Two localities in Ipoh will be placed under an enhanced movement control order beginning Friday (Nov 20) following a spike in Covid-19 cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The localities are Zone B and Zone C in Taman Meru 2C in Ipoh. He said as at Nov 16,938 screenings were conducted and there were 76 positive results.

Police say 40 residents of Medan 88 have surrendered so far

Selangor

Forty residents of Medan 88 in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi who decided not to return home after learning the area would be placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) have surrendered to the authorities so far. Sepang district police chief ACP Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof, in a statement today, said 14 Malaysians, comprising 11 men and three women, and 26 foreigners had returned as at yesterday.

Strategies keep Covid-19 death rate in Malaysia low, says deputy health DG

National

Various strategies planned and implemented by the Health Ministry has kept the number of Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia at a low nine deaths per one million population, deputy director-general of health (medical) Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon said today. The rate is far below that of the US, which is 741 per one million population, the UK (732), the Philippines (70) and Indonesia (54), based on the Worldometer.info international data, he said. As of noon yesterday, Malaysia recorded 318 deaths from Covid-19 or 0.6% of the total number of 49,730 cases.

EMCO at Seberang Prai prison, quarters in Penang extended

P.Pinang

The government has agreed to enforce the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Seberang Prai prison and prison quarters in Penang for another two weeks from Nov 19 to Dec 2. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made following advice from the Health Ministry that 73 Covid-19 screening tests on prison staff and families were yet to be released. He said the cumulative positive cases in the areas were 557 cases.

1,210 new Covid-19 cases, five new deaths today

National

Malaysia has recorded a fifth consecutive day of four-digit daily Covid-19 cases with 1,210 new infections registered as of noon today. In a Facebook post today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the latest figure raises the cumulative tally of infections to 49,730 – of which 13,806 are active cases. Malaysia recorded 1,304 new Covid-19 cases on Nov 13, followed by 1,114 on Nov 14; 1,208 (Nov 15) and 1,103 yesterday (Nov 16).

Ismail Sabri: 517 arrested for CMCO violations

National

Police arrested 517 people yesterday for violating the conditional movement control order (CMCO), Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. He said 467 people were issued compounds while 50 were remanded. He said that the most common offence, at 187 cases, was failure to observe physical distancing, followed by failure to wear face masks (83).

Focus now on congested rented premises in downtown Labuan

Labuan

Beginning today, Labuan health personnel have shifted their focus in the Covid-19 active case detection, from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-sanctioned settlements to the congested rented rooms and houses in the shoplot buildings downtown. The integrated active case detection, in collaboration with Labuan police and the Immigration Department, is targeted at Covid-19 positive patients who may be staying there.

Covid-19 situation in Johor under control, says health exco

Johor

The Covid-19 situation in Johor is still under control although new clusters have emerged of late, with the latest being Jeri Cluster involving the districts of Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Muar. State Health and Environment Committee chairman, R. Vidyananthan said the rise in the number of reported cases, particularly in Kota Tinggi, was the result of active case detection and increased surveillance by the State Health Department in curbing the pandemic.

Dr Adham: Current Covid-19 recovery rate higher than first two waves

National

Malaysia has balanced the number of Covid-19 cases with those under treatment by achieving a higher recovery rate in the third wave, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said. He said this was a result of public health measures taken through the implementation of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

National

Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases burst past 2,000-mark as Selangor racks up 1,623 new infections

National

Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation has deteriorated to unprecedented levels with Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reporting another 2,188 cases today to surpass yesterday’s record of 1,844 cases. Selangor contributed the overwhelming majority with 1,623 cases, followed by Sabah’s 232. Most of Selangor’s cases were, however, from the Teratai cluster involving factory workers.

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

Many in Kelantan still claiming being unaware of CMCO - Police

Kelantan

On the first day the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was enforced in the state starting yesterday, Kelantan police found many were still claiming to be unaware of order. Kelantan police chief, DCP Shafien Mamat said the situation could be due to the announcement on CMCO being made on a public holiday in the state.

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.