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3,306 new cases, four fatalities bring death toll to 605

National

Covid-19 cases in the country remained above the 3,000 mark as Malaysia entered the sixth day of the second movement control order. In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country recorded 3,306 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Jan 18). This takes the tally up to 161,740. Four people also died due to the coronavirus, raising Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 605. The country also discharged 2,293 Covid-19 patients, which means 122,344 people have recovered. The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has gone up to 38,791. Currently, 226 patients are in intensive care, with 94 requiring ventilator support.

3,339 new cases, 7 new fatalities bring total to 601

National

A total of 3,339 Covid-19 cases were recorded on Sunday (Jan 17) with 15 of them being imported cases, says the Health Ministry. There were also seven deaths recorded, bringing the total number of deaths to 601. The ministry said since the beginning of the pandemic to date, there were a total of 158,434 positive cases in the country. The Health Ministry also said some 2,676 Covid-19 patients were also discharged, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 120,051. Currently, there are 240 patients in the intensive care unit, with 93 of them requiring ventilator support.

785 arrested for breaking MCO SOP yesterday

National

The authorities arrested 785 individuals for breaching Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) under the Movement Control Order (MCO) yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 765 were issued with compounds, 19 remanded and one released on bail. The SOP breaches included not wearing face masks (250); being involved in activities that make physical distancing difficult (165); failure to provide equipment for registering entry of patrons (137); operating beyond permitted hours (38); attempting to travel interstate and inter-district without permission (31); and others (164).

State PKR deputy chief questions move to transfer Johor Covid-19 patients for treatment in Selangor

Selangor

Johor PKR deputy chief Jimmy Puah Wee Tse today questioned why Covid-19 patients from Johor are sent to the Malaysia Agricultural Expo Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor for quarantine and treatment. He said it is inconvenient for Covid-19 patients from Johor to be sent to Selangor as it very far. “I understand that starting yesterday, new (Covid-19) patients from Johor will be sent to MAEPS in Selangor to undergo a quarantine process and seek further treatment.

Selangor intends to buy five million doses of Covid-19 vaccine - MB

Selangor

The Selangor government intends to purchase five million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for the people in the state, an effort most welcomed by the federal government and the Ministry of Health (MOH). Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government’s intention would more or less reduce the federal government’s burden in purchasing the vaccine for the people.

Thaipusam different for devotees this year due to ongoing MCO

National

The Thaipusam celebration will be different this year for devotees due to the conditional movement control order in place here. For 35-year-old florist A. Satchia, he will miss the kavadi and fasting for Lord Muruga. “We fast for Lord Muruga, so that we can pray on Thaipusam day to get his blessing. Since there will be no special prayers for the devotees in temples, we will conduct our prayers at home, ” he told The Star on Monday (Jan 18)

Covid-19 screening for over 2,000 foreign workers in Perlis begins today

Perlis

The Perlis Manpower Department is conducting a special operation beginning today until February 28 to ensure all 2,562 registered foreign workers in the state undergo Covid-19 screening tests. Its director, Iskandar Jassa, said the move was taken in order to contain the pandemic among the community. “Today, we visited 11 employers and found only one of them had conducted Covid-19 screening for its workers,” he told reporters here, today. He urged all employers to do so immediately or face the consequences.

Don’t use longhouse as quarantine centre for Covid-19 PUI, NGO tells Sarawak govt

Sarawak

Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng today urged the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) not to designate longhouses as quarantine centres for those returning from high-risk areas in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. He said the Pasai Siong cluster should serve as a lesson on why longhouses should not be used as quarantine centres for persons-under-investigation (PUIs) for Covid-19. Lau said many people that he talked to had agreed that an index case in the Pasai Siong cluster should not have been allowed to be quarantined at longhouse since she had returned from Johor Baru via Kuala Lumpur, as both are states considered high Covid-19 risk areas.

MySejahtera app now provides SMS alerts to Covid-positive users

National

MySejahtera users who have been registered as Covid-19 positive cases at the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) will now receive a notification via SMS and alert on the app. According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a recent statement, affected users will be provided with guidance and reminders for self-assessment through the app. The assessments will be available in the ‘Things to do’ section for 10 consecutive days.

Act protecting B40, enterprises from contractual obligations extended to March

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today that the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Covid-19 Act 2020 will be extended. He said the Act, which was enacted to assist individuals and businesses that were economically impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, expired on Dec 31 last year. "As such, based on the current situation and the Movement Control Order (MCO) announcement, the government has agreed to extend the effective period of inability to perform contractual obligations to March 31 this year.

It’s business as usual at Pasar Borong KL despite positive cases

Kuala Lumpur

Vegetable, fruit and seafood wholesalers in Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur in Selayang are operating as usual to meet the demand in Klang Valley during the movement control order despite having more than 15 Covid-19 cases among fishmongers and their workers. Kuala Lumpur Hoi Seong Fish Wholesaler Association chairman Sing Kian Hock said all those working in the fish section would undergo swab test and the association would help facilitate the arrangements.

PM to make announcement at 4pm on special aid measures under MCO 2.0

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is due to make a special announcement at 4pm today on special aid packages, almost a week after the second movement control order dubbed MCO 2.0 came into force in most states last week. A graphic of the announcement has been released on the Prime Minister’s Office official channels and social media, but no further details were provided on the announcement. Muhyiddin’s address will be broadcast online via Facebook as well as on RTM, BernamaTV, TV3, and Astro Awani. On January 11, Muhyiddin announced that several states in the country will undergo a renewed MCO following rising Covid-19 cases. Under the new MCO, it is scheduled to commence from January 13 to January 26.

Contact tracing among main challenges faced by Health Ministry frontliners

National

Contact tracing is among the most challenging tasks faced by the Ministry of Health frontliners each time they come across a Covid-19 positive case or cluster. This is because at times they may need to trace thousands of “close contacts” arising from the index case. It is an arduous task but it has to be done because contact tracing is a vital aspect of MOH’s early detection strategy to contain the transmission of the Covid-19 virus and prevent the pandemic from worsening. MOH health workers involved in carrying out screening activities for individuals connected with the Batu Tujuh cluster here can attest to the difficulty in tracing and contacting them.

What are we even doing differently this time to curb Covid-19? Bangi MP asks Dr Noor Hisham amid MCO 2.0

National

DAP’s Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming today posed 10 questions to the Health Director-General (D-G) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on the policy taken by the government to handle the current wave of Covid-19. Adding that though credit must be given to the latter’ leadership and frontliners’ sacrifice, there are still several unanswered questions as most states enter the second week of the new movement control order dubbed MCO 2.0. “I hope that D-G Noor Hisham can provide convincing answers to the following 10 questions in order to assure the public that the government has a comprehensive plan to control this pandemic.

National

Those with symptoms get priority for swab tests, says Health DG

National

As the increasing number of Covid-19 infections continues to overwhelm the country, not all individuals identified as close contacts may undergo tests. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will prioritise swab tests for individuals with symptoms first. “Those who are close contacts to positive cases must undergo quarantine and be isolated. “The priority for Covid-19 swab tests is given to those who are symptomatic. “This is because the swab tests may not be able to be given to all, especially in districts or states that are burdened with a high number of cases.

Kuala Lumpur

柏丽玛文良港公寓 再有1人中招

Kuala Lumpur

隆市文良港的柏丽玛文良港公寓(Prima Setapak Condo)今日再传出1宗新冠肺炎确诊病例! 该公寓管理层今日通知住户,指过去3个月该公寓共有6宗确诊病例,其中3宗的患者目前已康复。 通告上说,管理层于今日接获最新1宗确诊病例,确诊的是该公寓B座3楼的1位住户,另外有3名密切接触者的检测报告仍未出炉。 “上述患者,与本月14日及15日确诊的病患,皆在各自单位居家隔离中。”

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

State PKR deputy chief questions move to transfer Johor Covid-19 patients for treatment in Selangor

Selangor

Johor PKR deputy chief Jimmy Puah Wee Tse today questioned why Covid-19 patients from Johor are sent to the Malaysia Agricultural Expo Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor for quarantine and treatment. He said it is inconvenient for Covid-19 patients from Johor to be sent to Selangor as it very far. “I understand that starting yesterday, new (Covid-19) patients from Johor will be sent to MAEPS in Selangor to undergo a quarantine process and seek further treatment.

Johor

Enhanced MCO for Kejora Juara, Westlite workers hostels in Johor extended

Johor

The enhanced movement control order for two localities in Johor will be extended from Jan 16 to 29 as there is still a high number of active cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic). The localities are Kejora Juara workers hostel in Muar and Westlite workers hostel in Senai. Ismail Sabri said that the National Security Council, in a special meeting, had agreed to extend the enhanced MCO for the Kejora Juara workers' hostel as there are still 1,404 active cases there.

Perak

Ipoh old folks' home confirms Covid-19 outbreak

Perak

An old folks' home in Ipoh, Perak has been placed under lockdown after 13 people, including seven senior citizens, tested positive for Covid-19. Others who tested positive at the Anning Old Folks' Home include six staff members. The matter was confirmed by Anning Old Folks' Home chairman Marcus How Kok Peng. "As part of the exercise to prevent the spread of the virus at old folks' homes around the state, representatives from the state Health Department came to conduct screening on all of 36 senior citizens and 24 staff at our centre on Sunday (Jan 10).

P.Pinang

All parks in Penang to close as of tomorrow (Jan 15)

P.Pinang

All parks in Penang, including Botanic Gardens, will be closed as of Friday (Jan 15). This follows some confusion when the movement control order was re-imposed on Wednesday (Jan 13) and some public recreational parks in the state remained open for people to go jogging alone. State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 14) that the state will take heed of the order from National Security Council and close all public parks in the state.

Kedah

CMCO in Kulim extended another 2 weeks

Kedah

With 334 positive Covid-19 cases as of Dec 3 in Kulim, Kedah, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed in the district will be extended another two weeks. Initially scheduled to end tomorrow, Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it will be extended until Dec 20. He said the Health Ministry's risk assessment done on the district found the infectivity rate to still be high.

Perlis

Covid-19 screening for over 2,000 foreign workers in Perlis begins today

Perlis

The Perlis Manpower Department is conducting a special operation beginning today until February 28 to ensure all 2,562 registered foreign workers in the state undergo Covid-19 screening tests. Its director, Iskandar Jassa, said the move was taken in order to contain the pandemic among the community. “Today, we visited 11 employers and found only one of them had conducted Covid-19 screening for its workers,” he told reporters here, today. He urged all employers to do so immediately or face the consequences.

Pahang

Bentong Prison staff, family members in quarantine

Pahang

All staff of the Bentong Prison and their family members are to be quarantined until the Covid-19 screening process is done with. This is after health authorities identified the Tembok Mempaga cluster yesterday, the Pahang disaster management committee said in a statement today, adding that the move was necessary to ensure there are no transmissions within the local community.

Kelantan

Kelantan sees record 150 new daily Covid-19 infections

Kelantan

Kelantan recorded an all-time-high tally of 150 daily Covid-19 cases today. State health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said Kota Baru registered the highest number of cases at 50, followed by Gua Musang (27) and Pasir Mas (21). He said the 150 cases take the cumulative tally of infections in the state to 2,133. Dr Zaini added that 79 of the 150 cases are from close contacts, 45 from clusters, while the rest were detected via screening tests.

Terengganu

Four Terengganu excos, one state rep under home quarantine pending test results

Terengganu

A total of four Terengganu state executive council members and another state assemblyman in the state are now undergoing quarantine at their homes while waiting for the results of their Covid-19 tests, a report has said. All four state executive council members are also state assemblymen in PAS-ruled Terengganu. In the report by Harian Metro last night, this was confirmed by one of those undergoing quarantine — Bukit Tunggal state assemblyman Alias Razak who is also the exco chairing the local government, housing, health and environment committee. Alias said the five of them — including himself — were close contacts to a staff member at the Wisma Darul Iman who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Melaka

Two Melaka Police Headquarters Contingent personnel test positive for Covid-19

Melaka

A total of 83 close contacts of two Melaka Police Headquarters Contingent (IPK) personnel, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, have been identified, said Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali. He said the two women personnel, a sub-inspector and a civil servant aged 30 and 53, are from the logistics division of the IPK. “The close contacts who have been identified comprised officers, personnel as well as family members and 45 of them have been ordered to undergo home quarantine.

N.Sembilan

Covid-19: 64.6 per cent drop in Rukun Tetangga activities in N.Sembilan this year

N.Sembilan

SEREMBAN: Rukun Tetangga activities in Negeri Sembilan recorded a decrease of 64.6 per cent to 606 activities from January to November, compared to 1,713 activities for the same period last year.

Labuan

13 compounded for defying Covid-19 SOPs in Labuan

Labuan

Thirteen people were detained by police for defying standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at food premises here last night. Acting Labuan police chief DSP Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said all of them, aged between 28 and 48 years, were compounded RM1,000 each, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.

Sabah

Covid-19 patients occupy nearly 80pct of Sabahs' ICU beds

Sabah

Seventy-nine per cent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Sabah hospitals are occupied by Covid-19 patients. State Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said despite this, the Health Ministry will do its best to accommodate and provide the best healthcare for the people. "There are two major hospitals in Kota Kinabalu, one has 36 ICU beds and the other has six beds; Tawau has 32; Sandakan 18; Lahad Datu 13; and Keningau 10. "There are 115 ICU beds in total and 91 patients are being treated at ICUs to date, with 23 of them needing ventilators," he said in a virtual press conference.

Sarawak

Don’t use longhouse as quarantine centre for Covid-19 PUI, NGO tells Sarawak govt

Sarawak

Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng today urged the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) not to designate longhouses as quarantine centres for those returning from high-risk areas in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. He said the Pasai Siong cluster should serve as a lesson on why longhouses should not be used as quarantine centres for persons-under-investigation (PUIs) for Covid-19. Lau said many people that he talked to had agreed that an index case in the Pasai Siong cluster should not have been allowed to be quarantined at longhouse since she had returned from Johor Baru via Kuala Lumpur, as both are states considered high Covid-19 risk areas.