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15 new cases, including nine from new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah

National

Malaysia saw 15 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, nine of which were from a new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raises the total tally to 9,129, of which 183 are currently active. “There were four new recoveries bringing the total to 8,821 or a 96.6 per cent recovery rate. No new deaths were reported, with the total number of fatalities staying at 125,” he said.

Ismail Sabri: Sivagangga cluster ‘Patient Zero’ jailed five months and fined

National

The person responsible for the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster in Kedah was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM12,000, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed today. The defence minister said the authorities viewed the transgression seriously in a stern warning to the public amid growing concern over the emergence of new clusters as the government has eased restrictions. “PDRM has taken action against an individual in the Sivagangga cluster for failure to remain under home quarantine,” the defence minister said during a press conference held in the Parliament building here.

Tourism Ministry mulling over idea of accepting tourists from overseas green zones

National

Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) is scrutinising strategies to deal with the arrival of tourists from countries categorised as COVID-19 green zones if Malaysia reopens its doors, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the previous practice of only permitting tourists from green zone countries was deemed impractical as some of the countries are now facing the third wave of the pandemic.

Penang exco expresses frustration with Health Ministry over ignored suggestions

P.Pinang

As the authorities try to contain the spread of infections from the Sivagangga Covid cluster, the Penang executive councillor in charge of public health has expressed frustration with the Health Ministry for not acting on her suggestion earlier. Dr Norlela Ariffin had asked for overseas returnees to be subjected to centralised quarantine instead of self-isolation. However, the ministry had only reverted to enforced centralised quarantine on July 24.

11 new cases, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 10), bringing total infections in the country to 9,094. Out of the 11 new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five were imported cases, while the rest were local transmissions. The five imported cases consist of five Malaysians who were returning from Australia, Japan and Singapore.

Ismail Sabri: Quarantine fee at public training institutes reduced to RM100 per person per day

National

The government has agreed to reduce the fee for mandatory quarantine at public training institutes (ILA) from RM150 to RM100 per person per day. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government revised the fee after receiving complaints that those quarantined at the ILA were being charged the same fee with those quarantined at hotels with better facilities.

Flights into Sarawak to resume after Aug 14 if no drastic increase in Covid-19 cases, says state tourism minister

Sarawak

Airlines will be told to resume flights into the state after August 14 if there is no drastic increase in Covid-19 cases, said state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. “The ministry had a meeting with the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) this morning. “We will inform the airlines if there is no drastic increase in cases. Then after August 14, we will open up,” he told a press conference after the launch of Journal of Responsible Tourism Management at Baitulmakmur 2 here today.

Northern states hit by relentless wave of cases

National

Malaysia's northern states, which were previously model cases in terms of relatively low Covid-19 infections, have been hit by a relentless wave of new cases and new clusters. Kedah is the worst-hit state, with 30 active cases up to noon yesterday. The Sivagangga cluster, which erupted in Napoh, Kedah, has spread to neighbouring Penang and Perlis. The cluster, involving three generations, is the nation's most active cluster with 45 cases.

Students attendance drops below 50% in Perlis

Perlis

Student attendance in Perlis schools has dropped below 50%, following parents’ concern over the Covid-19 outbreak linked to the Sivagangga Cluster in Kuala Sanglang. State Education Committee chairman Roziena Ahmad said this drop was also after the authorities enforced the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in Kampung Tanah Timbul and Kampung Kuala Sanglang last Saturday.

Two more localities placed under EMCO, this time in Perlis

National

Yet more areas have been placed under the targeted enhanced movement control order (EMCO) for cases related to the Sivagangga cluster. Ismail said the two areas in Perlis that would be affected are Kampung Kuala Sanglang and Kampung Tanah Timbul in Sanglang, involving 191 houses and 872 residents.

13 new cases, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia recorded 13 new Covid-19 cases as of Sunday (Aug 9), bringing total infections in the country to 9,083. Out of the 13 new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said nine were imported cases, while the rest were local transmissions. The nine imported cases consist of five Malaysians and four foreigners.

Perlis looking at possible closure of more schools

Perlis

More schools in the Sanglang district and its surrounding areas may be closed following the implementation of the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in Covid-19-affected places last night. Yesterday, the State Education Committee chairperson Rozieana Ahmad said two schools; Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sanglang and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sanglang, were ordered closed for seven days from tomorrow. "More schools (in the affected areas) may be closed," she told Bernama when contacted today.

New clusters: Can legal action be taken for criminal negligence?

Kedah

OVER the last couple of months, Kedah had been a green zone and its residents have been able to move about freely, always observing the Health Ministry's standard operating procedures — wearing face masks and keeping a physical distance. Overnight, things changed. It was all due to a returnee from Sivagangga, India, who had allegedly disobeyed orders to quarantine himself in his house and went out to conduct his business at a restaurant in Napoh, Kedah.

Main routes to Kuala Sanglang closed following TEMCO

Perlis

Three main routes to Kuala Sanglang have been closed since 10pm yesterday following the imposition of the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) in two villages in the area. Perlis police chief Datuk Surina Saad said police have set up roadblocks at three main entry points into Kuala Sanglang to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Perak Health Department tracing close contacts of virus positive nurse

Perak

The Perak State Health Department (JKN) is tracing and conducting Covid-19 screenings on all close contacts including patients who were treated by a healthcare worker at a clinic here. State Health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said the measure was taken after the staff was detected positive yesterday. She said the nurse was tested after she showed symptoms of respiratory tract infection at a health clinic on Wednesday, before a Covid-19 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test was found positive the next day.

Ismail Sabri: 178 nabbed for RMCO violations; 20 returnees to Malaysia tested positive for Covid-19 since July 24

National

The police have caught 178 individuals yesterday for breaching the movement control order (MCO) rules, while a total of 20 individuals who returned to Malaysia from abroad since July 24 tested positive for Covid-19 and sent to hospital for treatment, senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Ismail Sabri noted that the police-led task force to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period had yesterday conducted 62,126 checks, with 3,277 teams comprising of 14,026 personnel mobilised.

Almost 1,000 residents of 2 Kuala Sanglang villages to be screened

Perlis

All 912 villagers of two villages in Kuala Sanglang, Perlis, placed under the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) since 10pm on Sunday are required to undergo a comprehensive health screening. Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said a 40-member team from the state Health Department has been deployed to carry out the exercise involving the villagers from Kampung Kuala Sanglang and Kampung Tanah Timbul.

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.

National

15 new cases, including nine from new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah

National

Malaysia saw 15 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, nine of which were from a new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raises the total tally to 9,129, of which 183 are currently active. “There were four new recoveries bringing the total to 8,821 or a 96.6 per cent recovery rate. No new deaths were reported, with the total number of fatalities staying at 125,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur

Dr Noor Hisham: Lembah Pantai student and 54 close contacts cleared of Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur

The Ministry of Health (MOH) today said the student in Lembah Pantai who was alleged to have tested positive for Covid-19 in a recent viral message was given the all-clear sign. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press conference today said that the Form Five student has been tested twice for Covid-19 and the results came out negative. “The student was tested twice and on both occasions, the results came out negative.

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 sees higher hotel occupancy rates as sign of tourism recovery

P.Pinang

Rising occupancy rates at hotels here indicate the state’s tourism sector was gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said most hotels have reported occupancy rates of between 78 per cent and 100 per cent, especially on weekends. Chow said this was an encouraging sign for the tourism sector’s recovery.

Kedah

Cops nab couple for leaving village under TEMCO in Kedah

Kedah

A married couple left their village in Kedah placed under the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) to come to this town but turned back half way ― only to be arrested by the police when they got home. The couple, in their 50s, left Kampung Ulu in Padang Sanai near here on a motorcycle at about 5.30pm on August 5 via a rat trail (smugglers’ route) after removing their Covid-19 wristbands, Padang Terap District Police chief DSP Mulkiaman Manzar said today. He said they were not at home when staff of the Padang Terap Health Office called on their home as part of the TEMCO inspection.

Perlis

Students attendance drops below 50% in Perlis

Perlis

Student attendance in Perlis schools has dropped below 50%, following parents’ concern over the Covid-19 outbreak linked to the Sivagangga Cluster in Kuala Sanglang. State Education Committee chairman Roziena Ahmad said this drop was also after the authorities enforced the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in Kampung Tanah Timbul and Kampung Kuala Sanglang last Saturday.

Pahang

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.

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

Labuan Covid-19 check for new students

Labuan

The Labuan Health Department is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the over 2,000 new students coming to the Labuan Matriculation College here are free from Covid-19. Its director, Dr Ismuni Bohari, said the team from the department will screen the students just like it does all other passengers coming to the island via ferries and through the airport.

Sabah

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.

Sarawak

SDMC: No quarantine for civil servants, business people travelling to Sarawak on official duty

Sarawak

Civil servants and business individuals travelling from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan through the Kuching International Airport will only be required to show their QR Code exemption or official duty directive letters upon arrival effective from today until August 31. In announcing the decision today, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said they would also be required to fill up the electronic health declaration form (e-HDF) and undergo compulsory swab test, but they would not be required to wear wristbands or be quarantined.