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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.

Man who broke quarantine and sparked Sivagangga cluster suspected to have brought in highly infectious strain of Covid-19

National

All it took was one infected man to break quarantine in Kedah, and the country’s progress so far in the Covid-19 war may have not only been reversed, but lost. Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the man could have unwittingly brought home a new strain of the coronavirus – dubbed the “super spreader” – when he returned to Malaysia on July 13.

140 individuals arrested for violating MCO

National

The police have arrested a total number of 140 individuals for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO). “From this number, 32 individuals were remanded and 108 individuals were issued compound for being involved in activity of many people which made social distancing difficult,“ said Senior Minister (Defense) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press statement today.

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.

Malaysians entering Sarawak from any town, city in state no longer need to be quarantined at quarantine centres, says SDMC

Sarawak

There is now no need for Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Labuan who are coming to Sarawak to be quarantined at the quarantine centres, if their last destination is any town or city in the state, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Secretariat. SDMC in a statement explained that mandatory quarantine in hotels is now only for only those travellers whose last destination is in the rural and interior areas. It also said the ruling also applies to travellers heading for the rural and interior areas via transit from other places.

6 new positive Covid-19 cases in Sivagangga Cluster

Kedah

Six new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in the Kedah's Persons Under Investigation (PUI) Sivagangga Cluster, bringing the statistics to a total of 30 people infected with the virus as of noon today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the six cases were discovered today following active case detection in the cluster linked to a nasi kandar restaurant in Napoh, Kedah. "One of the six new cases, which is Case 9,032, is from Kulim and a close contact to a family member who had gone to the nasi kandar shop involved in this cluster.

15 new cases, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases and 11 recoveries on Thursday (Aug 6), bringing the total infections in the country to 9,038. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new cases, five were imported involving three Malaysians and two non-Malaysians. The others were local transmissions involving eight Malaysians and two non-Malaysians.

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.

Ismail Sabri: Domestic Trade Ministry to monitor availability of basic necessities in four ‘mukim’ in Kedah under EMCO

Kedah

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will monitor the availability of basic necessities in the four mukim in Kedah which are under the administrative enhanced movement control order (EMCO), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said this was to ensure there was no shortage of any items, especially food, in the affected areas.

New Covid-19 cases shoot up to 21 today, with 12 of them returning from Yemen

National

Malaysia reported 21 new Covid-19 cases today, a jump from just one case yesterday. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said 15 of these were imported, bringing the total accumulated positive cases to 9,023. “Twelve Malaysian citizens who returned from Yemen tested positive for Covid-19. Also three overseas returnees from Ivory Coast, United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea also tested positive respectively.

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.

1 Covid-19 case in Kulim

Kedah

Kulim folks on social media have been frantically sharing various unverified information since last night pertaining to a potential Covid-19 positive case recorded in the district. Checks by the New Straits Times with a legitimate source confirmed that a factory worker in Kulim had infact tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Call for heavier action against quarantine breakers

Kedah

Kedahans are calling for stern action against those flouting mandatory quarantines as the state plunges deeper into a second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak. Kedah, one of the few states to have achieved green zone status only weeks ago, now has 114 cases, with 11 discovered within the past 72 hours. The state had gone through 60 days without any reported infections until last month.

Face masks selling like hot cakes with new SOP in place

National

The government’s decision to make face masks a must in crowded public areas and on public transport has caused a surge in demand for the protective gear. Shopee regional managing director Ian Ho said demand for face masks on the e-commerce platform soared by 65% on the day after the announcement was made. The demand for face masks for children has increased as well.

Ismail: Action taken against another five Covid-19 quarantine breakers

National

The police and Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday took action against five more people who violated their mandatory 14-day home quarantine, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. In a statement to the press on the daily Covid-19 update, Ismail Sabri said the police checked the homes of 1,969 individuals in a joint operation with officers from MOH, as part of their ongoing effort to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

127 individuals arrested for flouting RMCO SOPs

National

A total of 127 individuals were found to have violated the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) and its standard operating procedures (SOPs) yesterday. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement said of the total, eight were placed under remand, while 119 others were issued compounds for offences including failing to adhere to the SOP (65) and activities that hinder physical distancing (62).

5,355 individuals returned to Malaysia from abroad since July 24, says senior minister

National

A total of 5,355 individuals have returned to Malaysia between July 24 and August 4 and are currently placed at 21 hotels and five public training institutes in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Selangor, Perak dan Johor for 14-day mandatory quarantine to curb Covid-19. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Kluster Keselamatan) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 13 were taken to hospital for treatment.

Higher Education minister: PTPTN loan repayment deferred until December

National

The government has agreed to extend the loan repayment period of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) for another three months to all borrowers from Oct 1 to Dec 31, 2020. Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said that the deferment involved an estimated total repayment of RM375 million, making a total estimated deferral of repayment of RM1.13 billion.

Malaysia logs just one positive case today

National

Malaysia recorded only one new Covid-19 case today, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 9,002. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the new patient is a Malaysian from Perlis.

Penang couple seen wearing pink wristbands in public not PUS

P.Pinang

Police have identified a couple who was seen in public wearing what were thought to be Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) wristbands with the words 'high risk' written on them. An image of the couple, who were at the Penang Hill parking lot on Saturday, went viral on social media. Due to a long queue for tickets at the Penang Hill counter, the duo decided instead to visit the Queensbay Mall, where they were spotted by other members of the public. One patron later lodged a police report.

Minister says Covid-19 mandatory quarantine already cost Putrajaya RM116m

National

The government has spent RM115.9 million on designated Covid-19 quarantine centres across the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof. He told Parliament that RM49.6 million of this was spent on hotels that were used as temporary quarantine centres for returnees and the rest on government facilities that were repurposed.

Action taken against 80 individuals who failed to comply with quarantine requirements

National

The police have taken action against 80 individuals who failed to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Home Surveillance Order (HSO), said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). As of yesterday, the police had conducted checks on a total of 2, 078 on individuals who are still undergoing the 14 days of mandatory home quarantine.

Number system to enter famous Teluk Cempedak beach

Pahang

Starting Friday a trip to popular Teluk Cempedak here will be a totally new experience for beachgoers. Only 1,000 people will be allowed to enter the beach area at any one time to ensure the public comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) on physical distancing to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and the beach does not become too crowded.

Facemasks in schools encouraged, not mandatory

National

The wearing of face masks in schools is encouraged but is not mandatory, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Education Minister Senator Dr Radzi Jidin said the ministry was currently in discussion with several parties to provide reusable cloth face masks to students and would make an announcement once there was a decision on it.

Malaysians should be more disciplined in using MySejahtera app, says deputy minister

National

Malaysians have been urged to be more disciplined in using the MySejahtera application developed by the government to enable the implementation of self-assessment to control the spread of Covid-19 infection. Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said that the failure of the people, especially individuals returning from abroad, to use the application, could cause an increase in cases of the infection among the community.

'RM1,000 fine for flouting mask-wearing rule 'excessive''

National

Authorities should consider a tier system for fining flouters of the regulation requiring the wearing of face masks in public. Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye suggested that under the proposed system, a first-time offender would be compounded RM300. "If he commits the same offence again, impose a fine of RM500, and increase it to RM1,000 for a third offence," he said in a statement.

RMCO: 209 issued compounds for SOP violation

National

A total of 209 individuals were issued with compounds yesterday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said they comprised 13 who had attended pubs and nightclubs; 31 cases of premises which operated beyond the stipulated hours; 50 compounds for activities which enabled public gathering without any physical distancing practice; and 115 under other activities which have violated the RMCO's standard operating procedures (SOP).

2021 school term to start Jan 20

National

The new school term for next year will only begin on Jan 20, 2021. Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin said this was to make up for the 2020 year-end school break which would be cut short, as well as the delay in the year-end examinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO). "I would like to announce to this House that the opening of the first term of the school year for 2021 for all schools nationwide will be on Wednesday, Jan 20," he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

MOH says will monitor Ulu Tiram Catholic cluster same like tabligh, tahfiz communities

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today it will utilise the targeted approach method to monitor the Bukit Tiram cluster of Roman Catholics in Taman Bukit Tiram, Ulu Tiram, Johor. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press conference today that these are the same methods it used for the Sri Petaling Tabligh cluster as well as the tahfiz school cluster.

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.