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14,954 new cases, Sarawak highest with 2,707 infections

National

A total of 14,954 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday (Sept 19), bringing the cumulative total to 2,097,830, says the Health Ministry. Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases with 2,707 infections, followed by Selangor (2,028), Johor (1,948), Kelantan (1,420) and Sabah (1,356). This was followed by Penang (1,259), Perak (1,222), Kedah (809), Pahang (705), Terengganu (671), Kuala Lumpur (383), Melaka (207), Negeri Sembilan (144), Perlis (76) and Putrajaya (19). Labuan recorded zero cases.

15,549 new Covid-19 cases today

National

The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline for the fourth consecutive day, as the country records 15,549 new infections as of noon today. Sarawak remained the state with the most number of cases at 2,929, followed by Johor at 2,208. Selangor reported 1,995 cases, followed by Sabah (1,395), Penang (1,375), Kelantan (1,214), Perak (1,120), and Kedah (1,073). States reporting case numbers in the hundreds are Terengganu (755), Pahang (634), Kuala Lumpur (382), Melaka (263), and Negri Sembilan (131).

Mind your SOPs, cops warn those enjoying leisure activities in public areas

National

The Royal Malaysia Police says stern action would be taken against those who are found ignoring the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in particular physical distancing while enjoying recreational activities in public areas. Bukit Aman Department of Internal Security and Public Order (KDNKA) deputy director Datuk Mastor Mohd Ariff said police would be forced to act sternly if things get out of control and if there are too many visitors. “We don’t plan to close down public places found to be overcrowded because we have checked and found that the visitors came from the same bubble. We will only increase monitoring of the area.

3 states record over 100pc bed occupancy at ICUs

National

Kelantan, Kedah and Penang have each reported a more than 100 per cent bed occupancy at intensive care units (ICU) treating Covid-19 patients. In Kelantan, ICU bed usage currently stood at 168 per cent (85 beds used), while in Kedah at 120 per cent (104 beds used) and in Penang at 103 per cent (73 beds used). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia's overall bed occupancy rate at ICUs treating Covid-19 patients currently stands at 83 per cent or 1,558 beds used.

Delta still the dominant Covid-19 variant in Sarawak, genomic sequencing shows

Sarawak

The Delta variant continues to be the dominant Covid-19 variant in Sarawak, as confirmed through genomic sequencing by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak's Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM). Institute director Prof Dr David Perera said 303 additional cases involving variants of concern (VOC) were detected out of 307 positive samples sequenced as of Aug 31. "All the VOC cases detected were of the Delta variant. The overall Delta detection rate of 99% observed in this report is an increase from the 82% reported on Aug 28. "Thus the data suggests that the Delta variant is currently the dominant circulating variant in Sarawak," he said in a statement on Monday (Sept 13).

GSC cinemas are reopening on Sept 16, only for fully vaccinated adults

National

GSC has announced that it is finally reopening its cinemas on Malaysia Day. Cinemas in Phase 2 states under the National Recovery Plan were allowed to operate from September 9 but operators had decided to delay their reopening until the final SOP was released and to prepare enough content. According to their announcement on Facebook, 17 GSC and Aurum Cinemas in the Klang Valey, Northern, and Southern region will open on the September 16, 2021. More locations will reopen the following week on September 23, 2021. GSC will share more details for its movie lineup soon. You can check their Facebook page and website for the latest info.

Covid-19 patient claims to have been "abducted" and "forced" into Penang Hospital

National

Social media has been abuzz with an audio recording of a Covid-19 patient, currently seeking treatment at the Penang Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), who claimed to have been "abducted" and "forced" to be placed in the ICU by hospital staff. Through the audio recording, which went viral last night, the patient claimed he was healthy but was forced to use an oxygen mask. The patient, who has been treated for a week, also claimed that he had only gone to the hospital to be tested for Covid-19 but was instead immediately admitted for treatment at the hospital's Covid-19 ward. The patient further allegedly that his friend also faced a similar situation.

New Covid-19 cases dip to 16,073 today

National

Malaysia reported a reduction in new Covid-19 cases as of noon today with 16,073 cases, taking the national tally to 1,995,771. Yesterday, Malaysia reported 19,198 new cases. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak again topped the list in the last 24 hours with 3,522 cases reported, followed by Johor with 2,030. Selangor reported a dip in new cases with 1,947, compared to yesterday's 2,347.

34 news clusters, 17 linked to workplaces

National

Malaysia recorded 34 new Covid-19 clusters in the last 24 hours, bringing the active clusters to 1,440 nationwide. Among them, 17 were workplace-related, 14 in the community, two involving high-risk groups and one involving religious groups. In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia's daily Covid-19 cases saw a slight dip from the 20,000 mark with 19,198 new infections reported on Sunday (Sept 12).

Covid-19 vaccination requirement for employees, customers in trade and distribution sectors delayed to Sept 21

Sabah

Enforcement of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) requiring employees and customers in the trade and distribution sectors, restaurants and supermarkets to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the premises will be deferred to September 21, when Sabah achieves its target of vaccinating 60 per cent of the adult population. Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said the SOP was initially announced to take effect after September 15. However, he said only 52 per cent of the adult population in Sabah were vaccinated as of Sunday.

Pangkor Island expected to open to fully-vaccinated tourists on Nov 1, says Perak exco

Perak

Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi. However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry. “Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.

Education Ministry will not force parents to send their children to school

National

The Education Ministry will not force parents to send their children to school for students who can attend classes physically when schools reopen in stages beginning Oct 3. Senior Minister of Education Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said for now, the ministry will let parents decide what is best for their children. The ministry, he said, has instructed schools not to issue any warning letter for students allowed to attend physical classes but did not turn up at schools. "Parents, however, must write a letter to the respective school to explain why they insist to keep their children at home when schools reopen in October," he told reporters here today.

Not compulsory to wear school uniform but attire must be appropriate, says Education Minister

National

Students don't have to wear uniforms to school and can opt to wear their own clothes, says Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin. The Education Minister said school uniforms are not mandatory for students and pupils, but emphasised that the choice of clothing must be appropriate. “By the time we reopen schools, parents might notice that their children can’t fit into their uniforms. “So, we are allowing them to wear neat and appropriate clothes if they can’t fit into their uniforms. Because our aim is to bring them back to school and not to punish them (for not wearing uniform),” he said during the announcement of the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for schools on Sunday (Sept 12).

Around 2,500 teachers yet to receive Covid-19 jab; all students can attend school, regardless of vaccination status, says education minister

National

Around 2,500 educators nationwide have yet to be vaccinated, said Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin today. He said the ministry is attempting to assign this group of teachers other roles to play during the school reopening drive. He also said there are no rules governing school attendance among students — apart from taking classes in turn. “The vaccination programme is moving in line with the reopening of schools. So there are no fixed guidelines as yet regarding whether to allow students with one dose or two doses to attend school.

National

Khairy targets early Oct roll-out of Covid-19 booster shots for frontliners, vulnerable groups

National

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today that he has set early October as the target for the administration Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for high-risk groups. During the Kedah Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference, Khairy listed those who fall into the category: the elderly with comorbidities, frontliners with health issues or at high-risk, those with poor immune systems and workers at old folks homes. “We will prioritise them first and after that, we will open to others. This, we may be able to execute in early October for this first group, God willing,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur

Chaotic crowd outside KL hotel not part of vaccination programme, says govt

Kuala Lumpur

A large crowd of people seen in a viral video queueing up without observing social distancing in front of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur supposedly to get their Covid-19 vaccination were actually there for a welfare programme, says the government. The Health Ministry said that the crowd was not there for a vaccination programme but a Bantuan Prihatin programme under the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan managing the Rumah Prihatin. The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) also said that as such, they were not the ones in charge of managing the queues of the crowd outside the hotel on Wednesday (Aug 11) morning.

Putrajaya

Four hospitals to get medical equipment from Cyberjaya Hospital, says health minister

Putrajaya

The Health Ministry is to distribute as soon as possible several units of medical equipment at the yet-to-open Cyberjaya Hospital to four hospitals in the Klang Valley to treat Covid-19 patients. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said these equipment — 42 units of ventilator, two units of mobile X-ray machines, one ultrasound unit and 20 intensive-care beds — would be sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang and Kuala Lumpur Hospital to treat Covid-19 patients in need of respiratory aid, especially Category 5 patients.

Selangor

Spotted. KJ makes surprise visit to Kajang Hospital

Selangor

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin made a surprise visit to Kajang Hospital today. Ministry officials confirmed the matter with the New Straits Times, saying that Khairy spent an hour looking at the conditions at the healthcare facility and meet with staff and personnel. A medical officer, Dr Khairul Hafidz (@khairul_hafidz) took to Twitter sharing the minister's surprise visit to the hospital on a weekend. "Spotted in Hospital Kajang. This is what we call a real surprise visit. Some of the staff would surely have had their hearts 'pop out of their chest' seeing the minister arriving for the visit. Good job YB @Khairykj," he wrote.

Johor

Johor Covid-19 task force to improve system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat patients

Johor

The Johor Special Covid-19 Task Force has held its first meeting here to improve management of the pandemic in the state. Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the task force would monitor and improve the system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat Covid-19 patients. "This is to ensure that the pandemic is always under control. "Contact tracing needs to be accelerated so that it is done within 24 to 48 hours, and vaccination rates must also be increased," he said in a statement posted on Facebook here on Friday (Sept 17).

Perak

Pangkor Island expected to open to fully-vaccinated tourists on Nov 1, says Perak exco

Perak

Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi. However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry. “Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases detected after screenings of those leaving for Langkawi

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases were discovered following screening exercises carried out at air and sea entry points to Langkawi. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the four were among 3,454 individuals who were screened before leaving for Langkawi. One case each was detected at the Penang and Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport in Subang. “Two positive cases were discovered at the Kuala Perlis jetty,” he said in his tweet on Friday (Sept 17).

Kedah

Kedah to expand Covid-19 vaccination facilities, says MB

Kedah

The Kedah government will expand and improve its vaccination facilities after the state managed to obtain more vaccine supplies from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti). Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said Kedah received 226,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine a week compared to 80,000 doses previously, hence the state government through the Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force (CITF) needed to speed up the vaccination process in the state. “We will open a mega vaccination centre (PPV) at SP Sport Centre (in Sungai Petani) with a capacity of 5,000 doses per day in collaboration with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd, making it the largest integrated PPV in Kedah. The PPV will start operating on August 6,” he said in a statement here today.

Perlis

Perlis trying to persuade 26 teachers to get vaccinated

Perlis

There are still 26 teachers out of the 4,710 teachers in the state who are refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, said Perlis state executive councillor in charge of education, Rozieana Ahmad. She said they are being persuaded to get vaccinated before school reopens. “We need to coax them to ensure school runs smoothly and the safety of students, particularly,” she told reporters at the Perlis State Assembly Complex today where the august house is sitting. The Pauh assemblywoman (BN) said school staffers need to get vaccinated but the 26 teachers are still not ready due to some reasons like a chronic illness. “I’m appealing to them to consider the students rather than themselves to prevent the children from falling behind,” she said.

Pahang

Two villages in Pahang to go under EMCO

Pahang

Two Orang Asli villages in Pahang will be placed under the 14-day Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from midnight today (Sept 20) to curb the spread of Covid-19. National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the EMCO would end on Oct 3. "The two villages are Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Koi, Hulu Cheka in Jerantut and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Pareh in Bentong," he said in a statement today. Rodzi said the EMCO at Taman Pantai Lok Kawi in Papar, Sabah which was to end tomorrow (Sept 20), would be extended until Oct 4.

Kelantan

Kelantan to get single-dose CanSino vaccine by month end

Kelantan

Kelantan is expected to receive 18,000 single-dose CanSino vaccine in stages beginning Sept 23, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. He said the vaccine would be sent to Gua Musang and Kuala Krai to enable those living in the interior areas to be vaccinated against Covid-19. He said the single-dose vaccine would not only be given to the Orang Asli but also villagers staying in these areas. "There are 7,000 Orang Asli's in Kelantan who are expected to receive the single-dose vaccine while the rest will be given to others," he told a Press conference after visiting a vaccination centre (PPV) in Tunjong here today.

Terengganu

Terengganu latest to move to Phase Three of Covid-19 recovery plan

Terengganu

Terengganu will be moving into Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from September 17, announced Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today. In a statement, Ismail Sabri said that the new activities allowed for the state will be according to the standard operating procedures (SOP) it has set by the National Security Council, but warned Malaysians not to take advantage of their new freedoms. “The fact that the government is loosening restrictions doesn’t mean that we can ignore safety practices that we have been exercising for more than a year,” he said.

Melaka

Night, morning markets in Melaka to open after traders completed Covid-19 vaccination, says CM

Melaka

Night and morning markets in Melaka will only be allowed to operate after all traders and employees have received two-dose of Covid-19 vaccine, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali. He said this was to ensure the safety of the public and was in line with the state government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by October. “The state government is actively expediting vaccination of the relevant groups through the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC) as well as private collaboration with local authorities (PBT).

N.Sembilan

Almost 2 million doses needed for vaccination in industrial sector

N.Sembilan

About 1.99 million doses of vaccine are needed to inoculate workers in the manufacturing sector under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) between July and September this year. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said 600,000 doses of vaccine would be required next month, 600,000 doses in August and 795,000 doses in September for the PIKAS programme, which would be carried out at 49 designated industry vaccination centres (PPVs). "This supply of vaccines is vital for a successful implementation of PIKAS, and National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinator Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given an assurance that PIKAS would be allocated 600,000 doses in July.

Labuan

94 per cent of Form 4 and 5 students in Labuan receive first vaccine dose

Labuan

A total of 2,446 students in Form Four and Form Five here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, ahead of the reopening of schools on Oct 4, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail. He said this represents 94.33 per cent of the 2,593 students registered for the first phase of vaccination which began on Sept 11. "All the students, who were accompanied by their parents, were excited to have the opportunity to get the jabs. "We are quite sure those who have received the first dose will complete the second dose before schools reopen next month," he told Bernama today.

Sabah

Sabah to start vaccinating teens aged 12 to 17 tomorrow

Sabah

Sabah will proceed with inoculating teenagers despite the vaccination rate among its adult population still being below 80 per cent. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the vaccinations would start tomorrow for those aged between 12 and 17. He said the matter was decided at the cabinet meeting here today. "This was also in line with the Health Ministry's stand to get as many adolescents in the high-risk group to be vaccinated. It is also in anticipation of the reopening of schools starting Oct 3," he said in a statement.

Sarawak

99.74pc of 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak either asymptomatic or mild cases

Sarawak

A total of 99.74 per cent of the 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak today were asymptomatic and mild cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). The Sarawak SDMC said in a statement that, of the new cases, 1,788 cases were in Category One (no symptoms); 912 in Category Two (mild symptoms), one in Category Three (lung infections), two in Category Four (requiring oxygen) and four in Category Five (requiring ventilator). “With the increased number of new cases, the cumulative infections in the state is now at 179,788,” it added.