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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.

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).

Prime Minister's response to health experts' open letter

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tonight issued a reply to an open letter sent to him by a group of health experts recently. The following is the reply in full.

Muhyiddin agrees to form Covid-19 advisory group

National

The Prime Minister has agreed to form a Health and Scientific Covid-19 advisory group, which will advise the government on matters related to the pandemic management. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has also invited professionals, who had sent the premier an open letter to him on Jan 7, to nominate suitable candidates to be members of this advisory group. He had also welcomed nomination of representatives from some of the 46 signatories to meet with him, the Health Minister, and Muhyiddin’s Special Advisor on Public Health, as well as other relevant senior officials.

10 new Covid-19 clusters detected in 5 states, 2 FTs

National

Ten new Covid-19 clusters have been detected in five states and two federal territories - Selangor, Sabah, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Melaka, and Labuan. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said from the 10 new clusters reported today, six were linked to workplaces and the rest involved a family gathering, interstate travel, and detainees. He said the Sepang 2 detention centre cluster in Selangor, registered the highest number with 80 cases. "The cases under this cluster tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 3 following a screening conducted for the detainees before they were sent to their home countries.

More than 2,000 in Kelantan compounded for flouting MCO

Kelantan

A total of 2,344 individuals were compounded by the police for flouting the Movement Control Order (MCO) in a series of operation in Kelantan. State police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said the offenders were issued compounds for various offences since the MCO was imposed nationwide in March last year. "Between March and in the first three days of the second MCO which started on Jan 13, police compounded more than 2,000 people for breaching the MCO's standard operating procedures (SOP).

Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia cross 600 mark today

National

Deaths from Covid-19 in the country have crossed the 600-case mark with another seven fatalities reported today, bringing the total to 601 cases. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the deaths today involved three victims in Selangor, two in Johor and one each in Kedah and Negeri Sembilan. The youngest victim was a 32-year-old local woman in Selangor but there were no details on her underlying health condition while the oldest victim was a 93-year-old man in Kedah who was suffering from diabetes, hypertension as well as chronic kidney and heart problems.

Uggah praises Sarawakians for high compliance with SOP

Sarawak

The Sarawak people have been praised for their high compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who conducted spot checks today at the Kota Sentosa market and Stutong community market said he was impressed by the high compliance shown by traders and the public at the venues. “We have seen almost 100 per cent compliance with the wearing of face masks, keeping social distancing, and observing entry registration as well as the screening of body temperature.

Dr Noor Hisham: Ten new Covid-19 clusters today, total reported now at 651

National

The Health Ministry has detected the emergence of 10 new Covid-19 clusters in the country, bringing the total number to 651. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said these included the Jalan Pandan Indah cluster in Hulu Selangor; the DTI Sepang cluster in Sepang; the Taman Ikan Jinak cluster in Tuaran and Kota Belud in Sabah; the Jalan Mawila cluster in Kota Kinabalu; and the Jalan Perak cluster in Johor Baru. “Other clusters detected today also included the Jalan Menerung cluster in Lembah Pantai, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur; the Tapak Bina Jalan Yap cluster in Titiwangsa; the Rantau Lada cluster in Temerloh and Maran in Pahang; the Pantai Peringgit cluster in Melaka Tengah and Jasin in Melaka; and the Jalan Mohammed Salleh cluster in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement.

62 cases detected in Sarawak on Sunday (Jan 17)

Sarawak

Sarawak recorded 62 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 17), says the state Disaster Management Committee. The committee said Sibu recorded the most cases with 43, followed by Miri (six), Kuching (three), Julau, Meradong and Beluru with two cases each while Dalat, Bintulu, Kapit and Belaga with one each. "There is one death reported. The patient was a 42-year-old local man at Miri Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital unconscious on Jan 13 and passed away the next day. A swab test conducted on Jan 14 came back positive with Covid-19," said the committee. The number of Covid-19 deaths in the state stands at 19.

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.

HR Minister under self-quarantine after pol-sec tests positive for Covid-19

National

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan has been ordered to undergo self-quarantine after being a close contact to an individual who is Covid-19 positive. Saravanan’s political secretary Datuk Khamarulazlan Mohammad Hanafiah was confirmed positive on Saturday (Jan 16). A circular sighted by The Star noted that Saravanan was identified as a close contact, as he was involved in a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Wednesday (Jan 13), which was also attended by Khamarulazlan.

SDMC: Authorities yet to determine if death of Covid-19 positive man in Sarawak is virus-related fatality

Sarawak

The exact cause of death of a 42-year-old man with a Covid-19 infection has yet to be determined, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said today. SDMC added that the man was unconscious when he was admitted on January 13 to Miri Hospital where he died the following day. “He was swabbed on the day of his death and the results, which came out yesterday, showed he was positive for Covid-19,” SDMC said in a statement. “The man had pre-existing ailments, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and hepatitis A. “Until the clinical investigation is completed, the death has been categorised as not due to Covid-19 although he was infected with the virus,” SDMC said.

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.