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New daily cases drop below 3,000 mark, with 2,342 reported on Monday (Jan 17)

National

There were 2,342 new Covid-19 infections reported in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 17), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says this brings the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,810,669 cases since the pandemic began. He added that a more detailed breakdown of Monday's daily infections would be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

3,010 new cases bring total to 2,808,347

National

The Health Ministry reported 3,010 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 16). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,808,347. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

2,897 new cases bring total to 2,746,833

National

The Health Ministry reported 2,897 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Dec 28). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,746,833. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

EMCO in Felda Jengka 25 in Temerloh from tomorrow

Pahang

The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be implemented in Felda Jengka 25, Temerloh in Pahang from tomorrow (December 28) till January 10. National Security Council director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad announced the decision after studying the presentation of the Health Ministry on the Covid-19 risk evaluation and infection trend at the locality. “The standard operating procedure (SOP) for all EMCO is the same as announced earlier,” he said in a statement today.

2,757 new cases bring total to 2,743,936

National

The Health Ministry reported 2,757 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Dec 27). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,743,936. The number of new cases according to states will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

MySJ Trace’ using Bluetooth tech new feature in MySejahtera to trace close contacts

National

MySejahtera is now equipped with a new feature, ‘MySJ Trace’ to allow tracing of close contacts among users of the feature. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, through a posting on Twitter, said ‘MySJ Trace’, which uses the Bluetooth technology, will provide live information on interactions with other users who also activate the new feature. “If you are confirmed positive, you can send the interaction data to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for contact tracking process to be made. All interaction data is anonymised,” he said.

One new Covid-19 case detected at flood evacuation centre on Sunday (Dec 26)

National

One new Covid-19 case has been detected at a flood evacuation centre on Sunday (Dec 26), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said the number of Covid-19 cases detected among flood victims now stood at 418 cases. He said of the total, 193 infectious diseases had been identified among victims with 94 acute respiratory infections, 67 cases of skin diseases and 30 cases of acute gastroenteritis.

2,778 new cases bring total to 2,741,179

National

The Health Ministry reported 2,778 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Dec 26). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,741,179. The number of new cases according to states will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

62 Omicron cases detected in Malaysia so far, surge in cases possible as variant already within community

National

Malaysia is expected to see a surge in new Covid-19 cases involving the highly transmissible Covid-19 Omicron variant since the virus has already begun to spread within the community as some international arrivals were found to have breached their quarantine order, the Health Ministry said today. This is after a total of 62 confirmed cases involving the variant were reported as of today, with all imported except one suspected local transmission since December 15. In a special press conference, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said there were concerns over those who were given Home Surveillance Orders (HSO) upon their return from overseas as the ministry has received credible reports that some have breached their quarantine order.

Travellers from high-risk countries to wear digital tracking devices

National

Travellers arriving from Saudi Arabia will be required to wear digital tracking devices throughout their home surveillance and quarantine periods, from next week. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this is in light of the increasing spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant in Malaysia, with the majority of cases involving individuals who returned from their Umrah pilgrimage in the kingdom. He said 10 countries have been identified as high-risk Covid-19 countries - UK, US, Denmark, Australia, France, Norway, Canada, India, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia - which would require returnees to wear the tracking devices.

Shorter booster shot interval to be announced next week, says Khairy

National

A shorter interval for Covid-19 booster shots will be announced next week, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic). He said this will see the period between the second dose and the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine being shortened. "We will announce this next week after finalising the details," he told a press conference on Saturday (Dec 25). The move to shorten the interval is similar to measures taken by other countries such as Germany and Australia, which are recommending shorter booster intervals in an attempt to stop the spread of new variants.

One case detected at Negri Sembilan PPS, says Khairy

N.Sembilan

A Covid-19 case has been detected at a flood relief centre (PPS) in Port Dickson, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic). He said the case was Stage Two and symptomatic and added that the patient is currently undergoing treatment at the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital in Seremban. The case involved a 60 -year-old woman who was detected positive with COVID-19 during screening at the PPS," he told reporters after participating in a gotong royong in Kampung Kemin here on Saturday (Dec 25).

3,160 new cases bring total to 2,738,401

National

The Health Ministry reported 3,160 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Dec 25). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,738,401. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

Four new Omicron cases detected in Sarawak

Sarawak

Four cases of the B.1.1.1.529 or Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been detected in Sarawak, says Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Institute of Health and Community Medicine director Prof David Perera. He said two of the cases were reported in Bintulu, involving a 52-year-old man who had returned from Nigeria and underwent a swab test on Dec 19, and a 19-year-old youth returning from the United Kingdom who did a swab test on Dec 14. "Another two cases were detected in Kuching. One involved a 25-year-old woman who returned from the UK and had a swab test on Dec 22 while the fourth case was a female with no recent history of travel, which suggests possibility of local transmission,” he said in a statement on Friday (Dec 24).

National

New daily cases drop below 3,000 mark, with 2,342 reported on Monday (Jan 17)

National

There were 2,342 new Covid-19 infections reported in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 17), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says this brings the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,810,669 cases since the pandemic began. He added that a more detailed breakdown of Monday's daily infections would be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

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

Selangor to give 157,000 Covid-19 booster shots for free from tomorrow, says MB

Selangor

A total of 157,000 Covid-19 vaccine booster shots would be given for free to Selangor residents beginning tomorrow under the SelVax Booster Programme, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari. He said residents aged 18 and above and who had received two doses of vaccine could get the booster jab via walk-in to the nearest Selcare clinic. “The list of the Selcare clinics involved in the SelVax Booster Programme is available on the website, https://selcareclinic.com/our-clinic/ or via the SELangkah application,” he said at a news conference, here, today.

Johor

ohor cops nab 35 for violating NRP SOPs, compound notices totalling RM195,000 issued

Johor

A total of 35 people, including nine women, were slapped with compound notices totalling RM195,000 for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) at an entertainment centre in Taman Kempas Utama, Kempas, here. Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Rupeah Abd Wahid said that all of the individuals, comprising 26 men and nine women, aged between 17 and 42 years old, were found to be in violation of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. "The suspects were arrested during a joint raid conducted by the Johor Baru North District Police and the Johor Police Contingent Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7) at about 12.05am on Sunday (Oct 31).

Perak

Perak detects second Omicron case, involving umrah pilgrim

Perak

Perak has detected the second case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the state, involving an individual who returned after performing the umrah pilgrimage. State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the individual tested positive while undergoing quarantine at home. "The case is under control. The screening test on close contacts turned out to be negative. However, further observation and monitoring will still be done," he told reporters after closing the state-level National Environment Day celebration today.

P.Pinang

Frontliners cheer as Penang mega PPV officially shutters

P.Pinang

While the frontliners in the Penang mega vaccination centre (PPV) donned their face masks, their smiles and joy could be felt as they celebrated the closure of the PPV at Setia Spice Arena here today. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who officiated the closure of the mega PPV, announced that 100 per cent of Penang’s adult population had already received their second Covid-19 vaccine shot. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone’s commitment here in ensuring the safety and security of the state and our people,” he said in his speech.

Kedah

162 teachers in Kedah still not vaccinated

Kedah

A total of 162 or 0.1% of the 30,000 teachers in Kedah have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. State Religion, Education and Human Resource Committee chairman Datuk Najmi Ahmad said these unvaccinated primary and secondary school teachers were not allowed to teach students face-to-face. "Teachers who have not been vaccinated still need to attend school but will be placed in a separate place to ensure the health and safety of students and other teachers. "I'm not sure why they haven't taken the vaccine yet. Maybe it's because of their own perception of the vaccine, or fear of being vaccinated because of negative news on social media," he said after handing over tablet donation from Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) to 70 secondary school students in Kedah at Dewan Seri Mentaloon here.

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

EMCO in Felda Jengka 25 in Temerloh from tomorrow

Pahang

The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be implemented in Felda Jengka 25, Temerloh in Pahang from tomorrow (December 28) till January 10. National Security Council director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad announced the decision after studying the presentation of the Health Ministry on the Covid-19 risk evaluation and infection trend at the locality. “The standard operating procedure (SOP) for all EMCO is the same as announced earlier,” he said in a statement today.

Kelantan

Poor response to Covid-19 vaccine booster dose in Kelantan, says state Health Dept

Kelantan

The Kelantan Health Department said only 90,316 individuals or 7.3 per cent of the state’s 1.2 million adults who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have taken their booster doses. Its director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the booster dose take-up rates were still low in Kelantan. In Kota Baru district, only 47,943 individuals or 12.19 per cent of the 393,000 vaccinated adults have received their booster shot, followed by Tumpat (5,466 out of 122,900 adults) and Pasir Mas (7,344 out of 151,900 adults). “We hope those who are eligible would quickly go for their booster shots.

Terengganu

Only one case of fake vax certificates being sold in Terengganu, says Bukit Aman

Terengganu

Bukit Aman has detected only one case of selling fake vaccine certificates so far in Terengganu, says Comm Datuk Kamarudin Md Din. The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director said a 51-year-old medical practitioner was arrested in that case, where he sold vaccine certificates without administering the vaccine. "The suspect has been remanded until Wednesday (Jan 12) to assist the investigation. "So far there is only one case but we are gathering actionable intelligence and monitoring the situation closely to detect if there are individuals or groups selling fake vaccine certificates," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 11).

Melaka

UiTM student Residential Colleges ordered to close for 10 days due to Covid-19 case

Melaka

Several student Residential Colleges at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Lendu in Alor Gajah have been ordered to close for 10 days beginning on Thrusday (Nov 11) after a student was found to be Covid-19 positive in preliminary screening. Melaka Health director Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman said the closure notice was issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 after the detection of the positive case and eight symptomatic students. "The Alor Gajah District Health Office (PKD) was notified by the UiTM Clinic at 2pm on Tuesday (Nov 9) that the student was found Covid-19 positive through Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) screening while eight others had upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTI).

N.Sembilan

Three Omicron cases detected in Negeri Sembilan

N.Sembilan

Three cases of Covid-19 of the Omicron variant have been detected in Negeri Sembilan of yesterday and they were all import cases involving three women who returned from abroad. State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Action Committee chairman S. Veerapan said the first case involved a 28-year-old who arrived from Ireland through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last Dec 15. The case, who was asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, was screened at the KLIA entrance and was required to wear the digital detector surveillance bracelet and in quarantine at home in Seremban, he told Bernama here today.

Labuan

New SOP for domestic, international ships to Labuan starting Friday

Labuan

The National Security Council (NSC) has approved a revised standard operating procedure (SOP) for the entry of domestic and international ships into Labuan waters beginning Sept 24. Labuan NSC director Mohd Hafiez Mohd Daud said under the SOP, only fully vaccinated Malaysian ship crew members with negative results of real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or RTK-Antigen Saliva tests onboard are allowed to enter this duty-free island via a shore leave procedure (not for overnight stay on land). "The crew manifest entry document must be submitted to the Labuan Health Department three days prior to arrival, and the crew’s health declaration must be made known to the healthcare personnel upon arrival at the Labuan Port,” he said on Wednesday (Sept 22).

Sabah

New cluster with one Omicron variant case detected in Labuan

Sabah

A new Covid-19 cluster has emerged in Labuan over the past 24 hours, recording 13 cases with one of them being Omicron variant. Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the cluster dubbed Jalan OKK Awang Besar Saudi was triggered by an Umrah pilgrim who returned to the island on Dec 21 last year and had interacted with several family members and other individuals. Dr Ismuni said the Covid-19 Omicron variant patient was currently undergoing quarantine alongside other family members.

Sarawak

Sarawak to vaccinate children aged 3 to 11 from Feb 1

Sarawak

Sarawak is expected to begin vaccinating children aged three to 11 against Covid-19 from next month, says deputy chief minister Dr Sim Kui Hian. He said the state government had made preparations for the vaccinations as the state moves to Phase 4 of the NRP on Monday (Jan 3).