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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.

608 detained for MCO violations on Saturday (Jan 16)

National

Police detained 608 people for defying MCO SOPs on Saturday (Jan 16), says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri. He said of the number, 27 were remanded and the other 580 were compounded. One was released on bail. He said authorities also seized two tekongs and arrested 17 illegal immigrants under Op Benteng.

Two men wearing pink bracelets among five compounded for breaching SOP

National

Two men wearing the pink bracelets issued by the Ministry of Health were among five individuals compounded today for breaching the standard operating procedures (SOP) since the reimplementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on Jan 13. Putrajaya district police chief ACP Mohd Fadzil Ali said the men were found going about their day in Presint Diplomatik and Ayer 8 and compounded for flouting the mandatory home quarantine order. “One compound was issued yesterday (Jan 16) to the organiser of a drive-thru programme distributing free frozen chickens in Putrajaya for hosting a programme involving large public attendance,” he told Bernama after monitoring compliance with the SOP around Putrajaya here today.

Ampang Jaya OCPD urges public not to take advantage of leeway given to exercise during MCO

Selangor

Police personnel here have been instructed to increase checks and take sterner action on those who flouted the standard operating procedures (SOPs), says Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak. He said that the instruction has been given to the movement control order compliance taskforce. "The people should not take advantage of the leeway given when cycling and jogging are permitted "If too many people are jogging or cycling at the same place, then it will be crowded," he added. He advised the people to adhere to the SOPs as the main goal is to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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.

Sabah govt to roll out Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 2.0, says CM

Sabah

Sabah government announced on Saturday (Jan 16) the decision to roll out Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 2.0 to help Sabahans impacted by the movement control order. The RM128.98mil assistance will be distributed in two forms; a RM300 one-off financial aid and via a food basket programme, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in a statement "The state government is allotting RM97.4mil for the one-off assistance to 324,661 recipients from e-Kasih list, B40 group, orphans, senior citizens, the disabled and single mothers.

Sabah to give one-off RM300 financial aid

Sabah

Sabah will allocate RM97.4 million to provide financial relief to those affected by the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0). Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, in a statement today, said the allocation would be used to distribute a one-off RM300 financial relief to 324,661 people in the state. The recipients would comprise those registered under the e-Kasih platform, those from the B40 category, orphans, senior citizens, disabled, single mothers, farmers, fishermen, tourist guides, mountain guides and porters, taxi drivers, bus drivers, artists, and traders, among others. "The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) has also provided an allocation of RM31.58 million for food basket expenses.

No physical reopening of schools this Jan 20, except for exam candidates

National

The 2021 school session set to begin this Jan 20 will not involve face-to-face learning. This new directive was announced by the Education Ministry in a statement tonight, affecting schools nationwide. Those who are allowed to be present in schools are only students that will sit for the 2020 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM). "All primary school students and secondary students from Form 1 to Form 5 will undergo teaching and learning at home (PdPR) according to the suitability between teachers and students beginning Jan 20, 2021," the ministry said.

After new Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Dr Noor Hisham says worse to come if MCO fails

National

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned Malaysians that the country’s Covid-19 situation could still worsen despite the movement control order (MCO). He urged Malaysians to heed the repeated calls for them to not leave their homes except when necessary. “If we do not get this MCO right, the worst is yet to come. A daily reminder to all ‘please stay at home’. Stay home and stay safe,” he said on Twitter. Earlier today, Dr Noor Hisham reported 4,029 new Covid-19 cases in the country, the highest single-day figure ever by far.

Kelantan residents accept second MCO, hope no further extension

Kelantan

Kelantan residents have accepted the Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been reimposed in the state from today until January 26 for their own sake and to curb the spread of Covid-19. Akin to the phrase ‘kita jaga kita’ (we take care of ourselves), generally, those met by Bernama accepted the government’s decision to implement the MCO for the second time. This included traders who willingly made the ‘sacrifice’ despite the MCO implementation would affect their income as they had to comply with the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOP).

Six new Covid-19 clusters identified in Johor, Negri Sembilan, Perak and Pahang

National

Malaysia has added another six new Covid-19 clusters located throughout Johor, Negri Sembilan, Perak and Pahang. The additions gave the country a total of 285 active clusters nationwide, of which 71 reported new cases today. “The clusters that reported the highest number of new cases were Sungai Putus Cluster (336 cases), Bukit Pasir Cluster (189 cases), and Senai Cyber Cluster (111 cases),” health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement today.

Jeffrey Kitingan recovers from Covid-19

Sabah

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from Covid-19 today. The state Agriculture and Fisheries Minister left the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) here, at 1pm, along with his wife Datin Seri Cecelia Kitingan. In a statement, Jeffrey thanked the medical team who had been treating them especially State Health Department Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi and QEH Director Dr William Gotulis. He also extended his appreciation to the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit Chief Dr Lee Heng Gee and all the staff, who cared for them during their two-week quarantine at the hospital.

PAS veep positive for Covid-19

Perak

PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad has tested positive for Covid-19. This was confirmed by Perak PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria when contacted by the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) today. "He returned to his hometown in Perak after attending a feast and meeting in some places. "The Health Department Office had contacted him yesterday evening to inform he ested positive for Covid-19.

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.