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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.

Ismail Sabri announces EMCO for Sabah’s Kepayan Prison, Selangor CMCO’s extension still under review

National

The Kepayan Prison and the adjacent officers’ quarters in Kampung Matambai, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, will undergo the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the decision to implement EMCO, which starts tomorrow until November 2, was made by the National Security Council (NSC) following the rise in Covid-19 cases involving the Kepayan prison cluster.

Former contractor gets 14 days' jail, fine for failing to self-quarantine

Melaka

For failing to self-quarantine after returning from Sabah as ordered by the Health Ministry, a former contractor was today sentenced to 14 days' jail and fined RM1,000 by the magistrates court here. Magistrate Muhammad Nazrin Ali Rahim passed the sentence on Md Syafrizan Salleh, 32, after he pleaded guilty to the offence and he is to start the jail term from today.

Following spike in cases, 7,000 Covid-19 samples to be taken within two weeks in Labuan, says Health Dept director

Labuan

At least 7,000 samples are to be taken during two weeks of Covid-19 targeted screening on Labuan residents, following a spike in cases on the island. Priority in the screening, which commenced last week, is given to close contacts of confirmed or probable Covid-19 patients and those residing in the cluster and high-risk areas. Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said: “The surge in Covid-19 cases in the next several days is rather expected, in view of the targeted screening on the population here.

MoH to Malaysians: Stay home as much as you can

National

The public should stay at home and comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission and successfully bring down the R-naught (R0) value to below 1.0. In making the plea, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country's Covid-19 infectivity rate R0 has dropped to 1.5 from 2.2 at the start of the third wave of infections on Sept 20 amid safety and preventive measures enforced by the government.

Use emergency funds for Sabah’s Covid-19 fight as donations will be slower, doctors tell federal govt

Sabah

The federal government should allow emergency funds to be used for resources and equipment to tackle Sabah’s Covid-19 situation, the Malaysian Medical Association said today. MMA president Professor Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy cautioned that waiting for donations for Sabah’s Covid-19 fight would not be time-effective when there is an urgent need for more medical resources in the state.

Sandakan Sports Complex hostel turned into Covid-19 treatment centre, says Sabah Sports Board chairman

Sabah

Another Covid-19 treatment centre for low risk patients in Sandakan will be operating this afternoon. Sabah Sports Board (SSB) chairman KH Tan said the board is allowing the use of the Sandakan Sports Complex Hostel as a Covid-19 treatment centre following the increase in the number of positive cases in the district.

Penang prisons facing shortage of face masks, says state prisons director

P.Pinang

Non-government organisations (NGOs) are highly encouraged to donate face masks to the Penang prisons, as the supply for inmates is running low. Penang Prisons director Roslan Mohamed said that the two prisons in Penang, namely the Penang Remand Prison and Seberang Perai Prison would require at least 4,500 face masks daily.

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.

Celcom employee in Sandakan tested positive for Covid-19

Sabah

Celcom Axiata Bhd confirmed that one of its employees at its retail outlet, bluecube here, has been tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement today, the company said the employee was currently in quarantine and awaiting the second test result after showing mild symptoms.

Ismail Sabri: Workers can still commute under CMCO, but employers advised to allow work from home

Kuala Lumpur

Employees are currently allowed to move about for work purposes and to go to their offices under the conditional movement control order (CMCO), senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reaffirmed today. At the same time, Ismail Sabri however said employers are still encouraged to allow their staff to work from home.

More than two in a car? Get police permission, Ismail Sabri tells businesses under CMCO seeking to share vehicle

National

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today advised those running family businesses in areas under partial lockdown to get police permission if more than two want to travel in the same vehicle from home to their workplace and vice versa. He said those who get prior permission would then avoid being slapped the RM1,000 compound fine issued each violator as the regulations for areas placed under the government’s conditional movement control order (CMCO) — like Selangor, the federal territories and Sabah — limit the number of people in a car to two.

Five new Covid-19 clusters in Selangor, KL, Terengganu and Sabah, says Dr Noor Hisham

National

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today confirmed five new Covid-19 clusters located in Selangor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu. The Teduh cluster is in Sabah while the Bah Bemban cluster is in Terengganu.

Four new positive cases, all local transmissions, recorded in Sarawak today, says SDMC

Sarawak

Sarawak recorded four new locally transmitted positive Covid-19 cases in Kuching district today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 763, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). It said these cases were close contacts to a positive Covid-19 case and were detected through the second screening on the tenth day when these contacts were instructed to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

One hypermarket, two supermarkets in Labuan ordered to close after customer tests positive for Covid-19

Labuan

The Bataras Hypermarket and two supermarkets, namely the Emporium and Utama Jaya, have been ordered to close temporarily after a customer who tested positive for Covid-19 patronised the premises recently. Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the three-day closure notice issued this morning by the department was to facilitate sanitation works.

RMAF deploys medical assets, healthcare personnel to Tawau field hospital

Sabah

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has dispatched all medical assets and healthcare personnel to the new Malaysian Armed Forces field hospital in Tawau, Sabah, today. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a 14-tonne consignment including medical supplies and other necessities were sent to the field hospital.

Focus now on Sabah, says Ismail Sabri

Sabah

The government is now focusing on Sabah following the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said various assistance have been channeled to the state including financial aid, expanding healthcare necessities as well as providing more personnel, assets and roadblocks.

New Covid-19 cases in Malaysia soar to 869, four lives lost today

National

Malaysia recorded another new daily high today with 869 new Covid-19 cases, beating the previous record of 691 cases on October 6. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said all of the cases today were from local transmissions. Of today’s new cases, 745 are Malaysians and 124 foreigners. Four new deaths from the coronavirus were also recorded today.

Health minister: MOH, ATM set up makeshift hospital in Pokok Sena prison to treat Covid-19

Kedah

A ‘makeshift hospital’ facility is being set up at the Pokok Sena Prison in Kedah to treat Covid-19 patients, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba. He said two workshop blocks in the prison were being makeshift into a health facility to provide Covid-19 treatment, including for patients who need oxygen assistance.

Police detain 467 for violating Covid-19 SOPs, mostly for not wearing face masks

National

Police yesterday detained 467 people for violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedures, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. Ismail, who is also defence minister, said that most of those who were nabbed did not wear face masks, which has been made a mandatory rule in public spaces.

Govt allows gyms in KL, Selangor, Putrajaya and other CMCO areas to reopen

Kuala Lumpur

Gyms in areas that have been put under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) can resume operations, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today. However, he said strict compliance with government health regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 must be maintained.

Four hospitals in Kelantan ready for quarantine, treatment

Kelantan

Kelantan has prepared four hospitals for quarantine and treatment of Covid-19 patients, State Health Department director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said. The four hospitals are Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZII) here, Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital in Kuala Krai, the Kuala Krai Hospital and Tumpat Hospital. In addition to that, he said, the Tumpat Training Centre, which was turned into a quarantine centre during Covid-19 second wave, will reprise the same role this time around.

MOH adopts new approaches to combat Covid-19 in Sabah

National

Facing a crisis of rising Covid-19 cases to alarming figures, especially in Sabah, the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has adopted the ‘whole-of-government’ and ‘whole-of-society’ approaches to curb its spread. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said additional manpower was needed at this juncture to carry out health activities at 19 low-risk quarantine centres and public health activities in the field in the state.

The Curve latest mall to report Covid-19 case

Selangor

With a slew of shopping malls within the Klang Valley having recorded positive Covid-19 cases, The Curve in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya is the latest to join the list. In a statement on their official Instagram page, the mall's management informed that an employee at Foot Solutions, a shoe store within the complex, tested positive for the virus on Oct 16. Foot Solutions is located on the first floor, near the centre court.

Penang lock-up detainee tests Covid-19 positive

P.Pinang

A detainee in lock-up at the Nibong Tebal police station, Seberang Prai Selatan, has tested positive for Covid-19. It is the first such case in the state of Penang, police said. State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said all close contacts of the detainee have since been screened.

Bank employees urge govt to reinstate loan moratorium before CMCO causes large scale poverty clusters

National

The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) today urged Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz to no longer ignore the call to reinstate bank loan moratorium to M40, B40 and SMEs that are most hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement today, NUBE secretary-general J. Solomon, said the imposition of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah must compel the government to address the bread and butter issues of lower income groups, especially their ability to service their bank loans.

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.

CMCO sees dip in panic-buying spree

Kuala Lumpur

Consumer groups have cautioned members of the public against panic buying during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period, as there are more than enough supplies to go around. They, however, noted that despite sporadic cases, residents of the Klang Valley appeared to have handled the latest CMCO with relative calm with regard to stocking up on essential goods.

Consumers generally more prepared to cope with restrictions

Kuala Lumpur

Following the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Malaysians generally appeared to be more prepared and did not resort to panic buying and hoarding. Norman Ariff, a businessman from the Klang Valley, noted that Malaysians were more disciplined this time around, unlike during the MCO in March, when they swept supermarket shelves clean during a panic-buying spree.

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.