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639 individuals nabbed for flouting SOPs

National

A total of 639 people were detained yesterday for flouting the Covid-19 regulations as the country continues to battle a third wave of rising cases in the country, said Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). The biggest offenders were those not adhering to social distancing rules (228), followed by failure to wear face masks (209), no equipment to record personal particulars (106), entertainment centre activities (15) and others (81).

847 new cases

National

There are 847 new Covid-19 cases today, reports the Health Ministry. 842 are local transmissions, and only five are imported cases. In a press conference today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 486 more patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals.

National Registration Dept temporarily closes all Sabah branches from tomorrow

Sabah

Following the spike in Covid-19 cases here, the Sabah National Registration Department (NRD) will close its offices in the state and will only be available via appointments from tomorrow. State NRD director Khairrul Aminus Kamaruddin said this included branches in Covid-19 green and yellow zones such as Kota Marudu, Pitas, Telupid, Tongod, Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Tenom and Nabawan.

SK Seri Sentosa teachers, students undergoing Covid-19 screening

P.Pinang

Authorities have identified teachers and students of SK Seri Sentosa, who are close contacts of a pupil who was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday. Screening (for Covid-19) has begun for some of them. It was learnt that the pupil was from the school's special education class.

3rd Seberang Prai prison officer tests positive for Covid-19

P.Pinang

Another officer from Seberang Prai Prison in Jawi is the latest prison official to have contracted Covid-19. This brings to three, the total number of officers at the prison, confirmed to be Covid-19 positive. Seberang Prai Prison director Zulkifli Abdul Manah said the officer was one of 14 confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in the prison on Monday.

CMCO: Would the people in charge please stand up?

Kuala Lumpur

With under 12 hours until the sudden recommendation-turned-directive for all managerial and supervisory staff in areas under a conditional movement control order (CMCO) to work from home, there is still a frightful degree of uncertainty. This is in addition to the already-illogical rules put in place when the CMCO across the Klang Valley and Sabah was first announced, such as allowing all retail outlets to stay open yet curiously limiting Malaysians to going out only for essential supply runs.

'Employer's travel approval letter still valid for now'

Kuala Lumpur

Those required to work from office tomorrow can still use the travel approval letters issued by their companies. An International Trade and Industry Ministry source said for the time being, the approval letter is still valid until further details have been clarified with regards to the mandatory Covid-19 swab test.

Twenty-eight religious schools and Islamic kindergartens in Perak ordered to close

Perak

Twenty-one al-Quran and Fardu Ain classes or Kafa-integrated religious schools (SAR) and seven Islamic kindergartens in Perak have been ordered to close from Oct 14 to 25 due to Covid-19 infection. State Islamic religious and Information Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin in a statement said the schools and kindergartens were located in Kinta, Manjung, Larut, Matang and Selama, Kerian and Hulu Perak.

HR minister: Free Covid-19 testing for Socso members; employers get up to RM150 aid in states under CMCO

National

The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has extended aid to all employers in areas affected by the conditional movement control order (CMCO) for their employees to undergo the Covid-19 testing, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said today. Saravanan said this will be offered via Program Saringan Prihatin (PSP) or the Prihatin Screening Programme, which is a programme that has offered Covid-19 screenings since April 27.

Maximum of 30 percent staff present from tomorrow until CMCO ends - PSD DG

Kuala Lumpur

All heads of public service departments in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, Selangor and Sabah must ensure a maximum of 30 per cent staff present at the office from tomorrow until the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) ends. Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman (pix) said the instruction was not applicable to those in the essential services.

Singaporeans with Malaysian spouses allowed to enter country amid Covid-19 restrictions, Ismail Sabri says

National

Singaporeans with Malaysian spouses are not prevented or barred from entering Malaysia, said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today. He told his daily press briefing said those Singaporeans can apply to enter the country with the Immigration Department under the MyTravelPass entry visa and permit approval system.

Ismail Sabri: Melaka CMCO is fake news

Melaka

Rumours that Melaka will be placed under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is fake news. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today anyone monitoring his daily press conferences would know that he had never announced that Melaka would be placed under CMCO.

One million Malaysians in Klang Valley, Sabah to work from home

Kuala Lumpur

One million Malaysians working in management and supervisory positions in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, Selangor and Sabah have been issued with a directive from the National Security Council to work from home from Thursday until the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is lifted. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob confirmed this after a special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the ongoing Covid-19 situation in these CMCO areas.

Tabung Haji staff tests Covid-19 positive

Kuala Lumpur

A Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) staff member has been tested positive for Covid-19. TH in a statement today said the staff member, who is attached to its headquarters in Jalan Tun Razak had undergone a screening yesterday. "The staff member has been tested positive for Covid-19 today and is now being treated at a hospital."

Dr Noor Hisham: One new Covid-19 cluster detected in Sabah

Sabah

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today confirmed one new Covid-19 cluster, while two clusters have registered no new cases and will no longer be under observation. The new cluster, which was identified in Kota Belut, Sabah, is called the Kertang cluster.

Facilities on Prolintas highways temporary closed

National

In line with the implementation of the conditional movement control order (CMCO), Prolintas Group of Companies (Prolintas) has closed several facilities at rest and service areas (R&Rs) and lay-bys on highways under its supervision until October 27.

Ismail Sabri: Unlike diners serving alcohol, bars, night clubs and entertainment centres still can’t operate under Covid-19 restriction

National

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob maintained that bars, night clubs and all entertainment centres are still barred from operating until further notice. He said in his press briefing that such outlets are prohibited from opening during this phase of the movement control order (MCO) as they are still under the negative list and differ from restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages.

Sarawak records one new imported case in Kuching involving Indonesian woman, says SDMC

Sarawak

Sarawak has recorded one imported case of Covid-19 in Kuching today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 769. According to State Disaster Management Committee’s secretariat, the latest positive case in the state involved an Indonesian woman from Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

SDMC: Sibu back to Covid-19 green zone; Kuching, Bintulu and Lubok Antu still yellow

Sarawak

Sibu has reverted into a Covid-19 green zone today as there has been no locally transmitted cases in the district for the past 14 days, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). It said in a statement that only three out of 40 districts in Sarawak are yellow zones, namely Kuching, Bintulu and Lubok Antu with a total of 21 local cases in the past 14 days.

862 new Covid-19 cases, three new deaths

National

The Health Ministry today recorded 862 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours – a slight drop from yesterday. Malaysia's coronavirus infection tally now stands at 22,225, with 7,681 active cases. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a majority of the cases – 673 – are in Sabah, the worst-affected state.

Two more Perak schools ordered shut

Perak

Two secondary schools in Perak were ordered close for seven days from today until October 26 after its students were tested positive for Covid-19. The schools are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Dato Haji Mohd Taib in Chemor, near here and SMK Raja Lope Nor Rashid in Tanjung Piandang, Bagan Serai.

No positive Covid-19 cases involving Penang Remand Prison staff, close contacts

P.Pinang

Ninety-nine per cent of Covid-19 tests carried out on some 300 Penang Remand Prison personnel and those staying in the prison quarters have came back negative. Its director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said they were still awaiting results of the other tests, which they hope to obtain by Wednesday. "All of them had been screened (for Covid-19) since (last) Thursday until Saturday. We have received about 99 per cent of the test results, which came back negative.

Education Ministry considering sending Sabah SPM, STPM students back to school hostels

National

The Education Ministry (MOE) is considering sending Sabah students, sitting for examinations, whose schools have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic to hostels, said Senior Minister (Education) Dr Radzi Jidin. This is because parents in Sabah want their children sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations to undergo face-to-face learning sessions with teachers, he said.

8 positive Covid-19 cases at Pusat Jagaan Darul Hanan linked to Alma cluster

P.Pinang

Pusat Jagaan Darul Hanan in Pongsu Seribu here has reported eight positive Covid-19 cases involving its residents. The first active case was a 69-year-old woman. Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) chairman Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said after the first active case was reported, they screened all close contacts and detected another seven others who tested positive for the corononavirus.

EMCO imposed on two Labuan villages, over 8,000 affected

Labuan

The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be imposed on Kampung Saguking Laut and Kampung Sebur Baru in Labuan, from Oct 21 to Nov 3. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 8,062 residents of the two villages will be affected. He said the government decided to implement the EMCO to prevent the movement of people in and out of the villages, which will help health authorities contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the areas.

Penang to apply to NSC for EMCO at Seberang Prai Prison, prison quarters

P.Pinang

The Penang government is considering placing the Seberang Prai Prison in Jawi and the prison quarters there under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). This follows the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases reported there. As of yesterday, the Jawi Prison cluster logged 86 active cases. Two of the cases involved prison officers.

Malaysia records three Covid-19 deaths today all in Sabah, with 865 new cases

National

The Ministry of Health announced today three more deaths from Covid-19 recorded today, alongside 865 new cases. Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said local transmission comprised of 858 cases with the remaining seven are imported. Amid two consecutive days of more than 800 cases daily, Dr Noor Hisham said 455 individuals have recovered.

Another Penang prisons officer tests positive for Covid-19

P.Pinang

Another positive Covid-19 case involving a prisons officer has been reported at the Seberang Prai prison in Jawi on Sunday. The latest case brings to two the number of active cases involving officers in the prison. Seberang Prai prison director Zulkifli Abdul Manah said the two officers had worked in the same new block with inmates who had before this tested positive.

Health Ministry identifies two new Covid-19 clusters in Selangor, Melaka

National

A total of two new clusters were detected today by Health Ministry, one in Selangor which is currently under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and another in Melaka. Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said the cluster for the former is dubbed Hentian cluster, located in Hulu Selangor, and the other the Bukit cluster identified in Melaka Tengah, Jasin and Alor Gajah.

649 held for flouting SOPs

National

The crackdown on those breaking the standard operating procedures (SOPs) continued with 649 individuals being arrested on Sunday, said Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). He said 606 were issued compounds while 43 were remanded. “Despite the constant reminder to follow the SOPs, there those who remain stubborn and continue to ignore it,“ he said.

National

639 individuals nabbed for flouting SOPs

National

A total of 639 people were detained yesterday for flouting the Covid-19 regulations as the country continues to battle a third wave of rising cases in the country, said Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). The biggest offenders were those not adhering to social distancing rules (228), followed by failure to wear face masks (209), no equipment to record personal particulars (106), entertainment centre activities (15) and others (81).

Kuala Lumpur

National Registration Dept closes Selangor, KL offices amid CMCO

Kuala Lumpur

Following the enforcement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO), the National Registration Department (NRD) offices around the federal capital and Selangor will be closed temporarily starting from today until the CMCO is lifted. The NRD in a statement today said the closure involved its branches in Kepong, Bandar Tun Razak, Seputeh, Port Klang, Rawang, Kota Damansara, Taman Melawati, Petaling, Puchong, Seri Kembangan, Sepang, Hulu Langat, Sabak Bernam and Hulu Selangor.

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

NSI deny allegations of Covid-19 cases among staff

Selangor

The National Sports Institute (NSI) have denied that there are positive Covid-19 cases among their staff at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil. This comes a day after Timesport reported that there could be cases, involving a dietician and a nutritionist. NSI chief executive officer (CEO) Ahamad Faedzal Md Ramli, who could not be reached for a response on Tuesday, clarified matters yesterday.

Johor

Two more Johor religious schools ordered shut

Johor

Two more religious schools here have been ordered to temporarily close following the detection of Covid-19 cases. The two schools, Sekolah Agama Taman Rinting and Sekolah Agama Tafrijiyyah Taman Universiti, were ordered to cease operations for a week.

Perak

Twenty-eight religious schools and Islamic kindergartens in Perak ordered to close

Perak

Twenty-one al-Quran and Fardu Ain classes or Kafa-integrated religious schools (SAR) and seven Islamic kindergartens in Perak have been ordered to close from Oct 14 to 25 due to Covid-19 infection. State Islamic religious and Information Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin in a statement said the schools and kindergartens were located in Kinta, Manjung, Larut, Matang and Selama, Kerian and Hulu Perak.

P.Pinang

Penang Remand Prison inmates test positive for Covid-19 in 2nd screening

P.Pinang

All six Covid-19 positive cases reported at the Penang Remand Prison here on Thursday involved inmates. Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said they were found positive during the second screening for the coronavirus. "They were tested negative during the first round of screening. Health officials then decided to do a second screening, focusing on those who showed some form of symptoms.

Kedah

Ismail Sabri: Putrajaya extends EMCO on Kedah’s Alor Setar Prison until Nov 1

Kedah

The federal government today announced that it has decided to extend the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) for the Alor Setar Prison in Kedah by another two weeks until November 1. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob noted that the initial EMCO on the prison was for a two-week period from October 5 to October 18, but said that the EMCO is being extended due to the continued detection of new Covid-19 cases at the prison.

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

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

126 lorry drivers undergo Covid-19 test at Kelantan ICQ Complex

Kelantan

A total of 126 lorry drivers who had entered and left Kelantan via the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex, underwent Covid-19 test recently. State Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the lorry drivers were all tested negative. He said the 126, mostly locals, had undergone either screening or swab tests when they passed through the complex in Rantau Panjang on Monday.

Terengganu

Seberang Jertih mosque congregants test negative for Covid-19 after Zulkifli’s visit, says committee chief

Terengganu

Twenty-three congregants of the Ulul Albab Mosque in Seberang Jertih here have tested negative for Covid-19. Following the results, all of them, who were placed under quarantine since Tuesday night at the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Academy in Wakaf Tapai, Marang, were allowed to return to their families yesterday evening.

Melaka

Ismail Sabri: Melaka CMCO is fake news

Melaka

Rumours that Melaka will be placed under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is fake news. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today anyone monitoring his daily press conferences would know that he had never announced that Melaka would be placed under CMCO.

N.Sembilan

Exco denies Seremban a red zone for Covid-19

N.Sembilan

Negeri Sembilan Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman S. Veerapan has denied the viral report that claimed Seremban was declared as Covid-19 red zone. He said the news report was published on March 30 but was made viral again on social media by irresponsible people. “It was fake, inaccurate and would cause worries and panic among the public, thus affecting the local economy,” he told Bernama when contacted here, today.

Labuan

EMCO imposed on two Labuan villages, over 8,000 affected

Labuan

The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be imposed on Kampung Saguking Laut and Kampung Sebur Baru in Labuan, from Oct 21 to Nov 3. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 8,062 residents of the two villages will be affected. He said the government decided to implement the EMCO to prevent the movement of people in and out of the villages, which will help health authorities contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the areas.

Sabah

EMCO ends at Pokok Sena Prison, extended at Tawau Prison

Sabah

The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Pokok Sena Prison in Kedah will be extended to Nov 7. The EMCO was first enforced there on Oct 11 and was initially scheduled to end tomorrow. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in a statement today, said the decision was made after Covid-19 positive cases were still detected among inmates and prison staff following screening.

Sarawak

No new positive cases in Sarawak today, two clusters still active, says SDMC

Sarawak

Sarawak has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 today, with the total number of positive cases in the state remaining unchanged at 769. The State Disaster Management Committee’s secretariat said there were currently two active Covid-19 clusters, namely the ‘Bah Arnab’ Cluster in Kuching and Putra Cluster in Bintulu.