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14,954 new cases, Sarawak highest with 2,707 infections

National

A total of 14,954 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday (Sept 19), bringing the cumulative total to 2,097,830, says the Health Ministry. Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases with 2,707 infections, followed by Selangor (2,028), Johor (1,948), Kelantan (1,420) and Sabah (1,356). This was followed by Penang (1,259), Perak (1,222), Kedah (809), Pahang (705), Terengganu (671), Kuala Lumpur (383), Melaka (207), Negeri Sembilan (144), Perlis (76) and Putrajaya (19). Labuan recorded zero cases.

15,549 new Covid-19 cases today

National

The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline for the fourth consecutive day, as the country records 15,549 new infections as of noon today. Sarawak remained the state with the most number of cases at 2,929, followed by Johor at 2,208. Selangor reported 1,995 cases, followed by Sabah (1,395), Penang (1,375), Kelantan (1,214), Perak (1,120), and Kedah (1,073). States reporting case numbers in the hundreds are Terengganu (755), Pahang (634), Kuala Lumpur (382), Melaka (263), and Negri Sembilan (131).

Johor Covid-19 task force to improve system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat patients

Johor

The Johor Special Covid-19 Task Force has held its first meeting here to improve management of the pandemic in the state. Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the task force would monitor and improve the system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat Covid-19 patients. "This is to ensure that the pandemic is always under control. "Contact tracing needs to be accelerated so that it is done within 24 to 48 hours, and vaccination rates must also be increased," he said in a statement posted on Facebook here on Friday (Sept 17).

19 new clusters reported on Friday (Sept 17), 11 linked to workplaces

National

The Health Ministry has identified 19 new Covid-19 clusters, taking the active number to 1,387. Of the clusters reported Friday (Sept 17), 11 involved workplaces, six community clusters and two were identified as “high-risk group” clusters. In its daily Covid-19 updates, the ministry said the highest number of cases involved a workplace at Jalan Simpang Pulai Cameron in the district of Kinta, Perak. The cluster, which recorded 257 cases out of 355 individuals screened, was discovered following targeted screenings involving workers of a farm.

EMCO in two localities in Pahang and Sabah from Sept 19-Oct 2

National

Two localities will be placed under the enhanced movement control order beginning Sunday (Sept 19). The affected areas are Kampung Air in Beluran, Sabah and Kampung Sungai Padi in Lipis, Pahang. According to the National Security Council (NSC) on Friday (Sept 17), the localities will be under lockdown until Oct 2. The council also announced that the enhanced MCO placed on Taman Samudera in Manjung, Perak will be extended until Oct 2.

EMCO in Pahang’s Kg Sungai Padi and Beluran in Sabah from Sunday

National

Kampung Sungai Padi in the Telang sub-district in Lipis, Pahang and Kampung Air, Beluran, Sabah will come under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from this Sunday until October 2. National Security Council (MKN) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the decision was made after the Health Ministry’s presentation on risk assessment as well as Covid-19 infection trends. “The standard operating procedures (SOP) for the EMCO is like previously announced,” he said in a statement posted on Facebook today. Meanwhile, he said the EMCO in Taman Samudera, Seri Manjung in Manjung, Perak which was supposed to end tomorrow has been extended until October 2.

Malaysia records 17,577 new Covid-19 infections today, with Sarawak retaining top spot with 3,480 cases

National

Malaysia recorded 17,577 new daily Covid-19 cases today. According to the Ministry of Health, this brings the cumulative number of cases to 2,067,327 since the pandemic began. Sarawak continued to record the highest cases at 3,480, followed by Selangor at 2,646, Johor at 2,334, Perak at 1,596, Sabah at 1,533, Penang at 1,462 and Kedah at 1,173.

Friday prayers allowed in KL, Putrajaya mosques with up to 500 congregants, says Jawi

National

Friday prayers at mosques in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya which are in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), are allowed to be held with up to 500 congregants, effective Friday (Sept 17). Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail said 250 congregants were allowed for the same purpose in seven zonal mosques as well as kariah (vicinity) mosques, while for Friday prayers surau, it was 150 people, and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers (100 people). According to him, Friday prayers surau and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers at the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be allowed to hold the prayers with 80 congregants.

On first day of travel bubble, five Covid-19 positive cases detected among Langkawi-bound tourists

National

Public health officials detected five Covid-19 positive cases among tourists intending to travel to Langkawi under the travel bubble pilot programme, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. In a statement today, Dr Noor Hisham explained that all of the positive cases were detected during Covid-19 screenings prior to them boarding a ferry or a flight bound for the resort island earlier today. “As of noon on September 16, 2021, as many as 2,546 people were screened at the air and sea entryway to Langkawi island. This involved 1,250 people screened at four airport entryways and 1,296 people at the Kuala Perlis ferry terminal. “The results are as follows: Some 2,528 took a RTK-Ag test, and of this number, five Covid-19 positive cases were detected.

21 new clusters reported on Thursday (Sept 16), nine linked to workplaces

National

Malaysia detected 21 new Covid-19 clusters on Thursday (Sept 16), bringing the total number of active clusters to 1,406. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new clusters were recorded in Johor, Terengganu, Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, and Kedah. "Johor recorded six workplace clusters. There were two in Perak and one in Terengganu. "Kelantan reported five community clusters and one high-risk group cluster while Perak also recorded one high-risk group cluster.

No compound notices issued on island resort’s first day of reopening

P.Pinang

Not a single compound notice was issued here on Thursday (Sept 16), the first day this island resort reopened under the travel bubble scheme, says the police. Langkawi OCPD Asst Comm Shariman Ashari said although no compound notices were issued, police would continue monitoring standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance among locals and tourists alike. “So far, SOP compliance among the public at tourist attractions has been good,” he said during a SOP compliance operation at the popular Pantai Cenang area.

Kindergarten and childcare centre operators hope to be able to fully reopen soon

National

Kindergarten and childcare centre operators expressed hope that they can fully reopen soon as prolonged lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic have not only badly impacted their operations but also hindered students' learning progress. Anis Sofia, the operations manager for Tadika Houri Elit and Tadika Tunas Houri Elit as well as Taska Tunas Houri Elit and Taska Taman Ihsan said although they were permitted to open by the government, they are, however, restricted to only having children whose parents are working. "Currently, the district Education Office and the Social Welfare Department have stated that only children with working parents can take their children to kindergarten or childcare centres. "Parents must provide an International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) certified letter as proof and we need to keep that for attendance documentation.

Friday prayers allowed in KL, Putrajaya mosques with up to 500 congregants

National

Friday prayers at mosques in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya which are in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), are allowed to be held with up to 500 congregants, effective tomorrow. Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail said 250 congregants were allowed for the same purpose in seven zonal mosques as well as kariah mosques, while for Friday prayers surau, it was 150 people, and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers (100 people). According to him, Friday prayers surau and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers at the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be allowed to hold the prayers with 80 congregants.

94 per cent of Form 4 and 5 students in Labuan receive first vaccine dose

Labuan

A total of 2,446 students in Form Four and Form Five here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, ahead of the reopening of schools on Oct 4, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail. He said this represents 94.33 per cent of the 2,593 students registered for the first phase of vaccination which began on Sept 11. "All the students, who were accompanied by their parents, were excited to have the opportunity to get the jabs. "We are quite sure those who have received the first dose will complete the second dose before schools reopen next month," he told Bernama today.

National

Khairy targets early Oct roll-out of Covid-19 booster shots for frontliners, vulnerable groups

National

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today that he has set early October as the target for the administration Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for high-risk groups. During the Kedah Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference, Khairy listed those who fall into the category: the elderly with comorbidities, frontliners with health issues or at high-risk, those with poor immune systems and workers at old folks homes. “We will prioritise them first and after that, we will open to others. This, we may be able to execute in early October for this first group, God willing,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur

Chaotic crowd outside KL hotel not part of vaccination programme, says govt

Kuala Lumpur

A large crowd of people seen in a viral video queueing up without observing social distancing in front of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur supposedly to get their Covid-19 vaccination were actually there for a welfare programme, says the government. The Health Ministry said that the crowd was not there for a vaccination programme but a Bantuan Prihatin programme under the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan managing the Rumah Prihatin. The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) also said that as such, they were not the ones in charge of managing the queues of the crowd outside the hotel on Wednesday (Aug 11) morning.

Putrajaya

Four hospitals to get medical equipment from Cyberjaya Hospital, says health minister

Putrajaya

The Health Ministry is to distribute as soon as possible several units of medical equipment at the yet-to-open Cyberjaya Hospital to four hospitals in the Klang Valley to treat Covid-19 patients. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said these equipment — 42 units of ventilator, two units of mobile X-ray machines, one ultrasound unit and 20 intensive-care beds — would be sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang and Kuala Lumpur Hospital to treat Covid-19 patients in need of respiratory aid, especially Category 5 patients.

Selangor

Spotted. KJ makes surprise visit to Kajang Hospital

Selangor

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin made a surprise visit to Kajang Hospital today. Ministry officials confirmed the matter with the New Straits Times, saying that Khairy spent an hour looking at the conditions at the healthcare facility and meet with staff and personnel. A medical officer, Dr Khairul Hafidz (@khairul_hafidz) took to Twitter sharing the minister's surprise visit to the hospital on a weekend. "Spotted in Hospital Kajang. This is what we call a real surprise visit. Some of the staff would surely have had their hearts 'pop out of their chest' seeing the minister arriving for the visit. Good job YB @Khairykj," he wrote.

Johor

Johor Covid-19 task force to improve system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat patients

Johor

The Johor Special Covid-19 Task Force has held its first meeting here to improve management of the pandemic in the state. Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the task force would monitor and improve the system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat Covid-19 patients. "This is to ensure that the pandemic is always under control. "Contact tracing needs to be accelerated so that it is done within 24 to 48 hours, and vaccination rates must also be increased," he said in a statement posted on Facebook here on Friday (Sept 17).

Perak

Pangkor Island expected to open to fully-vaccinated tourists on Nov 1, says Perak exco

Perak

Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi. However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry. “Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases detected after screenings of those leaving for Langkawi

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases were discovered following screening exercises carried out at air and sea entry points to Langkawi. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the four were among 3,454 individuals who were screened before leaving for Langkawi. One case each was detected at the Penang and Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport in Subang. “Two positive cases were discovered at the Kuala Perlis jetty,” he said in his tweet on Friday (Sept 17).

Kedah

Kedah to expand Covid-19 vaccination facilities, says MB

Kedah

The Kedah government will expand and improve its vaccination facilities after the state managed to obtain more vaccine supplies from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti). Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said Kedah received 226,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine a week compared to 80,000 doses previously, hence the state government through the Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force (CITF) needed to speed up the vaccination process in the state. “We will open a mega vaccination centre (PPV) at SP Sport Centre (in Sungai Petani) with a capacity of 5,000 doses per day in collaboration with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd, making it the largest integrated PPV in Kedah. The PPV will start operating on August 6,” he said in a statement here today.

Perlis

Perlis trying to persuade 26 teachers to get vaccinated

Perlis

There are still 26 teachers out of the 4,710 teachers in the state who are refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, said Perlis state executive councillor in charge of education, Rozieana Ahmad. She said they are being persuaded to get vaccinated before school reopens. “We need to coax them to ensure school runs smoothly and the safety of students, particularly,” she told reporters at the Perlis State Assembly Complex today where the august house is sitting. The Pauh assemblywoman (BN) said school staffers need to get vaccinated but the 26 teachers are still not ready due to some reasons like a chronic illness. “I’m appealing to them to consider the students rather than themselves to prevent the children from falling behind,” she said.

Pahang

Two villages in Pahang to go under EMCO

Pahang

Two Orang Asli villages in Pahang will be placed under the 14-day Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from midnight today (Sept 20) to curb the spread of Covid-19. National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the EMCO would end on Oct 3. "The two villages are Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Koi, Hulu Cheka in Jerantut and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Pareh in Bentong," he said in a statement today. Rodzi said the EMCO at Taman Pantai Lok Kawi in Papar, Sabah which was to end tomorrow (Sept 20), would be extended until Oct 4.

Kelantan

Kelantan to get single-dose CanSino vaccine by month end

Kelantan

Kelantan is expected to receive 18,000 single-dose CanSino vaccine in stages beginning Sept 23, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. He said the vaccine would be sent to Gua Musang and Kuala Krai to enable those living in the interior areas to be vaccinated against Covid-19. He said the single-dose vaccine would not only be given to the Orang Asli but also villagers staying in these areas. "There are 7,000 Orang Asli's in Kelantan who are expected to receive the single-dose vaccine while the rest will be given to others," he told a Press conference after visiting a vaccination centre (PPV) in Tunjong here today.

Terengganu

Terengganu latest to move to Phase Three of Covid-19 recovery plan

Terengganu

Terengganu will be moving into Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from September 17, announced Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today. In a statement, Ismail Sabri said that the new activities allowed for the state will be according to the standard operating procedures (SOP) it has set by the National Security Council, but warned Malaysians not to take advantage of their new freedoms. “The fact that the government is loosening restrictions doesn’t mean that we can ignore safety practices that we have been exercising for more than a year,” he said.

Melaka

Night, morning markets in Melaka to open after traders completed Covid-19 vaccination, says CM

Melaka

Night and morning markets in Melaka will only be allowed to operate after all traders and employees have received two-dose of Covid-19 vaccine, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali. He said this was to ensure the safety of the public and was in line with the state government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by October. “The state government is actively expediting vaccination of the relevant groups through the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC) as well as private collaboration with local authorities (PBT).

N.Sembilan

Almost 2 million doses needed for vaccination in industrial sector

N.Sembilan

About 1.99 million doses of vaccine are needed to inoculate workers in the manufacturing sector under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) between July and September this year. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said 600,000 doses of vaccine would be required next month, 600,000 doses in August and 795,000 doses in September for the PIKAS programme, which would be carried out at 49 designated industry vaccination centres (PPVs). "This supply of vaccines is vital for a successful implementation of PIKAS, and National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinator Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given an assurance that PIKAS would be allocated 600,000 doses in July.

Labuan

94 per cent of Form 4 and 5 students in Labuan receive first vaccine dose

Labuan

A total of 2,446 students in Form Four and Form Five here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, ahead of the reopening of schools on Oct 4, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail. He said this represents 94.33 per cent of the 2,593 students registered for the first phase of vaccination which began on Sept 11. "All the students, who were accompanied by their parents, were excited to have the opportunity to get the jabs. "We are quite sure those who have received the first dose will complete the second dose before schools reopen next month," he told Bernama today.

Sabah

Sabah to start vaccinating teens aged 12 to 17 tomorrow

Sabah

Sabah will proceed with inoculating teenagers despite the vaccination rate among its adult population still being below 80 per cent. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the vaccinations would start tomorrow for those aged between 12 and 17. He said the matter was decided at the cabinet meeting here today. "This was also in line with the Health Ministry's stand to get as many adolescents in the high-risk group to be vaccinated. It is also in anticipation of the reopening of schools starting Oct 3," he said in a statement.

Sarawak

99.74pc of 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak either asymptomatic or mild cases

Sarawak

A total of 99.74 per cent of the 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak today were asymptomatic and mild cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). The Sarawak SDMC said in a statement that, of the new cases, 1,788 cases were in Category One (no symptoms); 912 in Category Two (mild symptoms), one in Category Three (lung infections), two in Category Four (requiring oxygen) and four in Category Five (requiring ventilator). “With the increased number of new cases, the cumulative infections in the state is now at 179,788,” it added.