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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.

MOH increases bed capacity in COVID-19 hospitals, PKRC

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has increased bed capacity in hospitals and COVID-19 Low-risk Quarantine Treatment Centres (PKRC) to 11,076 to ensure the country’s healthcare system is able to deal with COVID-19. Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the number included 3,505 beds at 43 COVID-19 hospitals and 7,571 beds at 46 PKRC nationwide compared to 2,820 beds (at hospitals) and 3,975 beds (at PKRC) on Oct 6.

Sabah receives first mobile negative pressure room from public donors

Sabah

In a situation where the Covid-19 pandemic remains uncertain and cases rising, generous Sabahans came together to help fund the state's first mobile negative pressure room. Donations were collected via Osimal Foundation led by former Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who handed over the RM130,000 airborne infection isolation room to the Likas Women and Children's Hospital this morning.

PM Muhyiddin completes self-quarantine, cleared of Covid-19

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been cleared of Covid-19 after completing his 14-day self-quarantine period and testing negative for the virus twice. In a statement today, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Muhyiddin’s second Covid-19 test has returned negative on October 15. “The health ministry conducted a second Covid-19 test on the prime minister on Oct 14 and this was confirmed as negative the next day.

Political parties urged to put people's interest first

National

Political parties on both sides of the divide must consider the plight of the people first as the country battles with the current Covid-19 pandemic. Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said politicians tussling for power must take a back seat at this moment and time. "There should be a proper time for everything, there is a proper time for politics in line with parliamentary democracy.

Health Ministry increases bed capacity in hospitals, Covid-19 quarantine centres

Kuala Lumpur

The Health Ministry has increased bed capacity in hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-risk Treatment Centres (PKRC) following the pandemic's third wave. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the number of beds to treat Covid-19 patients had been increased to 11,076 compared to 6,795 on Oct 6.

Heart hospital at KL Sentral say three staff, one ex-patient have Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur

The Cardio Vascular Sentral Kuala Lumpur (CVSKL) hospital today announced that three employees and a former patient it had recently treated have tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement today, CVSKL said the patient was admitted for an emergency procedure on October 8, without disclosing the nature of the ailment and had tested negative for the coronavirus upon entry then.

MOH reactivates special Covid-19 Account

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) today reactivated the special Covid-19 account to enable members of the public to make donations to the ministry in support of its efforts to tackle the pandemic. Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min said following the reactivation, the Ministry of Finance had approved a tax deduction for contributions and donations in cash deposited into the account, in accordance with Subsection 44 (6) of the Income Tax Act 1967.

Sarawak hikes hunt for close contacts of two undocumented migrants with Covid-19

Sarawak

An operation is being carried out to find close contacts of two positive Covid-19 cases involving illegal immigrants who were nabbed at the construction sites of the Sarawak General Hospital (HUS) and the old Sarawak INTAN building, yesterday. The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), in a statement today, said, subsequently, 271 workers including 81 locals were screened at the construction site of HUS and the old building of INTAN Sarawak.

Dr Noor Hisham: D614G mutation of coronavirus may be why infectivity is higher

National

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the D614G mutation of the coronavirus may be why a Covid-19 patient has a higher viral load. A lower cycle threshold (CT) Value has been observed in test results conducted during the current third wave of Covid-19 infections, probably caused by the D614G mutation of the coronavirus.

Dr Noor Hisham: About 70-80pc of Covid-19 patients in Sabah have mild or no symptoms

National

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Covid-19 cases detected in Sabah were similar to those in the rest of Malaysia ― largely asymptomatic. He said today that around 70 to 80 per cent of the cases in Sabah were those with mild or no symptoms at all.

Health Ministry: Three new Covid-19 clusters in Selangor, Perak and Kedah

National

The Health Ministry today pinpointed three new Covid-19 clusters located one each in Selangor, Perak and Kedah. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the new clusters are called the Merbok cluster in Selangor, Lekir cluster in Perak and Buntar cluster in Kedah.

Ismail Sabri: Maximum of 50 congregants allowed for Friday prayers in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya, and Labuan

National

The National Security Council has laid down the standard operating procedures (SOP) for mosques and suraus to conduct congregational and Friday prayers in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, and Selangor, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “For Friday prayers in KL, Putrajaya and Labuan, no more than 50 congregants will be permitted to attend, depending on the size and space of the mosque or surau’s prayer hall, with a distance of one metre between each congregant,” he said during his press conference today.

Six new Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia today, new cases rise to 629

National

Five Malaysians and one foreign man died from Covid-19 today as Malaysia recorded 629 new coronavirus infections, with Sabah again having the most cases at 489. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 629, two cases were imported from New Zealand and Singapore. The remainder were local transmissions. This brings the total number of active cases to 6,323.

Covid19: Labuan facing three active clusters

Labuan

The Labuan Health Department is identifying densely populated communities on the island for unrecorded Covid-19 positive cases following the emergence of the Saguking cluster. The Saguking cluster emerged on Thursday (Oct 15) with five new cases bringing the total number of active clusters on the duty-free-island, here, to three as of Friday.

Even with vaccine, Covid-19 will still be around for more than a year

National

Despite the excitement generated by the possibility of a new Covid-19 vaccine, experts have cautioned that the pandemic, as well as the 'new norms', will still be around for more than a year. Epidemiologist Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba said the vaccine's efficacy and safety is still not a certainty. "I don't think the pandemic will end within the year (2020). It will likely last until the end of next year as we are still trying to solve the problem.

Taiping now a Covid-19 red zone

Perak

Taiping has become the first district in Perak to be declared a red zone in the recovery movement control order (RMCO) phase after 77 Covid-19 infections were detected in the last 14 days. The State Health Department said that 48 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the district as of October 15.

Selangor gov't launches childcare assistance for frontliners

Selangor

The Selangor state government today unveiled the Frontliner Child Care Initiative (iPAF) to assist in childcare arrangements for frontliners working in hospitals during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amiruddin Shari said the initiatives are available at nine different locations.

RMCO: Two foreign nationals fined for not registering personal information at Retail Shop

Kuala Lumpur

Two foreign nationals were fined RM700 each, in default two weeks jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for failing to comply with the prescribed standing operating procedure (SOP) during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). They were Romjan, 30, a Bangladeshi, and Nepalese Ram Prasad Pokhrel ,42, for failing to register their personal particulars when patronising a retail shop in Kampung Datuk Keramat.

Perak MB: No need yet for EMCO at Taiping detention centre despite spike in cases

Perak

The Perak State Security Council today announced that there is no need yet to implement an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at the Kamunting Correctional Detention Centre (Kemta) that gave Perak 48 out of 52 new Covid-19 cases in the state. Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who chairs the council, said that the council found that the infection only took place at one block in the detention centre, which was reserved for at-risk detainees.

Two offshore workers latest to test positive for Covid-19 in Kelantan

Kelantan

Two oil and gas offshore workers from different companies were the latest to test positive for Covid-19 in Kelantan. Kelantan Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin, however, refused to divulge their travel history or the location where they were tested positive. He said the two were found to have contracted the virus after undergoing screening tests at separate health clinics on Oct 13.

Businesses in Selangor, KL gear up for another dip in revenue while some spin new strategies

Kuala Lumpur

Business owners in Klang Valley have once again gone into the “panic mode” following the reimplementation of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) for two weeks from Wednesday. Although the government has allowed most businesses to operate as normal, the CMCO meant only one thing for most business owners: to further tighten their belts.

Johor primary school closed for eight days after Covid-positive case

Johor

Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Desa Skudai here will be closed for eight days starting today after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19. A check at the school today found a notice from the Johor State Education Department hung on the school gate informing of the closure from Oct 16 until Oct 23.

Almost 30,000 food baskets distributed to 7 Sabah districts

Sabah

Almost 30,000 food aid baskets have been distributed to residents of seven districts in Sabah to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. State Community Development and People's Wellbeing Minister Shahelmy Yahya said that as of Oct 15, a total of 26,178 food baskets have been distributed in Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak, Tawau, Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, and Penampang.

Ismail Sabri: CMCO for Kampung Padang Che Mas in Baling, Kedah from Oct 18-31

Kedah

Kampung Padang Che Mas in Baling, Kedah is the latest area to be put under conditional movement control order (CMCO) starting next Monday until the end of this month, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. He said the National Security Council (NSC) made the decision after 25 people in the village were found to be infected with Covid-19.

390 penalised for defying RMCO

National

The police have detained 390 individuals for flouting the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) yesterday. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 386 individuals were compounded while another four people were remanded. He said 23 illegals and three smugglers were detained under Ops Benteng.

Six more prisoners in Seberang Perai test positive for Covid-19

P.Pinang

Six more inmates tested positive yesterday for Covid-19 at the Seberang Perai Prison in Jawi, here, have been identified to be from the same block with three other prisoners who were earlier confirmed positive for the viral infection. Penang Prisons director, Roslan Mohamed said all the nine male prisoners, aged between 34 and 56 years, were currently in stable condition and being treated and monitored by Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel.

Ismail Sabri says athletes only allowed to train in designated centres

National

National athletes in areas placed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) are only allowed to train in a “quarantine-based approach” at designated training centres and without exposure to the outside community. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that athletes who do not live in the training centres, like the national tenpin bowling team who train at shopping centres, are not allowed to train for the duration of the CMCO.

Slight drop with 589 cases today

National

A total 589 new Covid-19 cases were reported as of noon today, a slight improvement from previous days. This brings the total active cases to 18,129. A total of 409 individuals have recovered. This brings the total figure of those discharged to 12,014, or 66.3% of the total cases. There are three deaths, bringing the toll to 170, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a live news conference today.

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.