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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.

Sivagangga cluster: Napoh nasi kandar shop did not record customers' details

Kedah

The nasi kandar shop at the centre of the Persons Under Investigation (PUI) Sivagangga Cluster in Kedah was found to have not used the Mysejahtera application or adopt any form of manual visitors' registration. It had also failed to take the body temperatures of patrons prior to allowing entry, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed today.

Two new cases bring total infections to 9,001, death toll remains at 125

National

Malaysia reported two new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 3), bringing the total infections in the country to 9,001. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cases were local transmissions involving Malaysians from Kedah and in Labuan. "There is only one positive Covid-19 case who is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and no case requires ventilator support," he said during his press briefing on Monday.

Health DG: No, infrared thermometers don't cause brain damage

National

The Health Ministry has shot down claims that infrared thermometers used to measure temperatures, widely used since the outbreak of Covid-19, are capable of emitting harmful radiation. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the non-contact infrared thermometer was not a shooting device emitting radiation.

B40 group students returning from abroad exempted from paying quarantine costs: Ismail Sabri

National

Malaysian students from the B40 group who are returning from abroad and can’t pay the quarantine costs will be exempted from doing so, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). He said those who were already in the country could appeal to the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) while those arriving from now onwards would be sent to the Public Training Institute (ILA), where they will be quarantined for free.

5 Kedah schools linked to Covid-19 Sivagangga cluster ordered shut

Kedah

Five schools in Kubang Pasu and Padang Terap in Kedah, which are linked to the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster, were ordered to close today. The schools are SMK Hosba; SMK Megat Dewa; SK Hosba; SK Megat Dewa; and SK Kubang Palas. Checks at Kubang Pasu found that residents were conducting business as usual; while in Napoh, it was rather quiet, with eateries and the rural community centre, previously known as RTC Napoh, not in operation.

When are face masks required? Here’s what Ismail Sabri says

National

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today sought to clear the confusion surrounding the government’s mandatory face mask rule, which created a buzz on the first day of its enforcement, which was Saturday. During his press briefing in Parliament, Ismail Sabri stressed the importance of wearing a face mask and practising physical distancing, to prevent a spike in Covid-19 infections. He also clarified the definition of public places and crowded public places.

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.

4 sub-districts in Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap now under TEMCO

Kedah

Four sub-districts in Kubang Pasu and Padang Terap, Kedah will be placed under the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) starting from today (Aug 3) until Aug 30th. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the TEMCO was enforced after 11 Covid-19 cases were recorded from the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah involving the four sub-districts.

Opposition MPs ask Johor govt to bear quarantine costs for the poor

Johor

If the federal government is unwilling to cover the quarantine costs for poor Johoreans who want to return from Singapore, the Johor state government has the responsibility to do so. Akmal Nasir (PKR - Johor Baru) said the Johor administration should emulate the Sarawak state government which bears the total quarantine costs for all Sarawakians returning to the state.

Bandar Kuching MP urges govt to reconsider approach in presenting Covid-19 statistics, data

National

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii is urging the government to reconsider the way they present the Covid-19 statistics and data to the public by not revealing too much information on the index cases. He suggested for the government to put index cases as a group, not as an index in a flow chart, because the public perception that may crop up might emotionally hurt the index patients. “The perception is that the index cases are the source of the infection, although for most of these clusters the source of infections are still unknown.

Opposition hopes govt will bear quarantine costs for qualified citizens

National

Opposition Members of Parliament today ueged the government to consider paying for the cost of swab test and quarantine for Covid-19 for qualified citizens especially those working in Singapore. Pulai Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub (pix) said the quarantine cost of RM2,100 was a burden to the workers who could not afford it.

Putrajaya mandates MySejahtera as primary Covid-19 contact tracing app for outlets nationwide

National

Business outlets must use the government’s MySejahtera application as its contact tracing method for their patrons and customers, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today. The defence minister said in his press briefing that the Attorney General’s Chambers will also be gazetting the mandatory use of the application, although other applications can still be used alongside it.

Don't spread fake news over Napoh Covid-19 situation

Kedah

Police have warned that they would not hesitate to throw the book on individuals found to be spreading Covid-19 fake news, which in turn causes panic among the people. Kedah's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) deputy chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Norfadzly Mohd Hashim said they will take action based on reports lodged with them. He said thus far they had not received any official reports but have knowledge of suspicious and unconfirmed reports posted on Facebook.

Sivagangga cluster: 6 roadblocks in Kubang Pasu district

National

Police have mounted six roadblocks in Kubang Pasu district to curb the spread of Covid-19 arising from the Sivagangga Cluster. Kubang Pasu deputy police chief Deputy Superintendent Chien Chunng Tsaur said this would involve one in Kodiang and five in Changlun. "The roadblocks are in accordance with the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) following the recent spike in the number of cases in the district.

Sarawak businesses that need to operate beyond 10pm required to notify respective DDMCs, says SDMC

Sarawak

Businesses in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian such as factories and petrol stations that need to operate beyond 10pm daily until August 14 are required to submit notification to the respective Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs). This is in tandem with the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) announcement on July 27 to impose restriction of business operation hours from 6am to 10pm between August 1 and 14.

Unauthorised inter-zone travel: 20 vehicles ordered to turn back at Sri Aman, Simunjan roadblocks in Sarawak

Sarawak

A total of 20 vehicles were ordered to turn back at the Sri Aman and Simunjan roadblocks for failing to produce the inter-zone travel permits between 12.01am and 11.59pm on August 1, said Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Dato Dev Kumar. According to him, nine vehicles were ordered to turn back in Simunjan, while the rest were in Sri Aman. Dev Kumar said 701 drivers/vehicles on the other hand, managed to produce the permit and were allowed to past through the roadblocks in both locations.

Dr Noor Hisham: 14 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today including 13 Malaysians, no new deaths

National

A total of 14 new Covid-19 cases has been reported in Malaysia today, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. Dr Noor Hisham said one of the new cases is an imported case involving a non-citizen from the Philippines who was infected abroad, while the remaining 13 cases are locally transmitted and all involving Malaysians. With the addition of these 14 cases, Malaysia has so far recorded a cumulative total of 8,999 cases, with 210 patients still undergoing treatment.

Cops: 29 issued compounds for failing to wear face masks in Johor

Johor

Up to 29 individuals have been issued compounds in Johor for not wearing face masks in public transport and crowded places. Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said 26 compounds were issued in Kota Tinggi district, while another three were in Iskandar Puteri. It follows checks conducted by police at 389 public places from yesterday until 12pm today.

Months after lockdown, Ipoh reawakens... slowly

Perak

Certain parts of Ipoh’s Old Town like Concubine Lane and its surrounds are slowly reawakening after months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Weekends and public holidays used to see these places packed with tourists but during the lockdown, the whole area was deserted. A recent check by Malay Mail showed that the tourist spots in Ipoh Old Town and Taman Jubilee, where the city’s most popular food streets are located, are getting visitors again... even on weekdays.

Ismail Sabri: 127 nabbed for not wearing masks on first day of mandatory usage

National

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today the police arrested 127 individuals yesterday for not wearing masks, the first day that using it in crowded areas and on public transportation was made mandatory. He said those arrested were part of the total of 315 individuals arrested for violating the movement control order (MCO) yesterday.

Azmin: Govt gathers feedback on problems faced by industries, small traders during RMCO

National

The government is gathering feedback on the problems faced by industries and small traders during the implementation of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) in an effort to help ease their burden in continuing business operations. Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said he has gone down to the grassroots to meet the groups from time to time to get feedback on the challenges faced in conducting business during the RMCO period.

Business operators who fail to adhere to reduced business hours directive risk having license revoked, says Kuching South mayor

Sarawak

Kuching South City Council Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng has warned that business operators would risk their trading license being revoked if they refused to adhere to the reduced operating hours directive set by the government. “I would like to emphasise that the operating hours are (from 6am) until 10pm now so please, if you (business operators) have civic consciousness, please save yourself, family and customers (by adhering to the latest policy),” said Wee during a visit to Stutong community market today.

Bukit Tiram cluster sees first case outside Johor after close contact tests positive in Selangor

National

The Bukit Tiram Covid-19 cluster in Johor today recorded its first case outside the state after one new infection connected to the cluster was recorded in Selangor. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 10th and latest case linked to the cluster, identified as local infection Case 8,977, involves a non-Malaysian who stayed together with local infection Case 8,893 from July 16 to July 19 before returning to Selangor.

Ample supply of face masks

National

People have been stocking up on surgical masks, as well as fabric face masks, in anticipation of the mandatory face mask ruling, which kicks in today. Checks by the New Straits Times at retail outlets and e-commerce platforms revealed that although face masks were flying off the shelves since the government's announcement of the new ruling, they were still widely available.

A test of perseverance for Muslim migrant workers

National

Muslim migrants, who are celebrating Hari Raya Aidiladha thousands of miles away from their homes, were sad that they could not perform prayers in mosques this year. Mainly from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Myanmar, the migrants said this Hari Raya Aidiladha was nothing like they had experienced before in their lives. Apart from the Recovery Movement Control Order, they said other measures to combat Covid-19 such as the barring of visits, hugging and foreign congregation dampened the normally joyful day.

134 detained for violating RMCO SOPs

National

Police detained 134 individuals yesterday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said from the total, 19 were remanded while 93 were issued with compounds and 22 granted bail.

Cops take action against 6 for violating home quarantine

National

The police have taken action against six individuals in the past week for failing to adhere to their home quarantine requirements, according to Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). While he did not specify what the offences were, individuals in self isolation are not allowed to even leave their rooms or mingle with any other family members in the house.

3,371 returnees sent to quarantine stations as of yesterday, says Ismail Sabri

National

As of yesterday, 3,371 people arrived at the country’s entry points were sent to quarantine stations for mandatory 14-day Covid-19 quarantine since it was made mandatory on July 24. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all of them were housed in 14 hotels and five Public Training Institutes (ILA) in Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Selangor and Johor.

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.