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.
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.
Malaysia reported 4,029 more Covid-19 infections on Saturday (Jan 16), making it the highest new daily record for the nation.
Prior to this, the most number of cases in a day was 3,309 on Jan 12 and 3,337 on Jan 14.
There were also eight Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, taking the death toll to 594.
Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 1,466, followed by Johor (719), Sabah (449), Kuala Lumpur (347), and Negeri Sembilan (214).
The cases reported today were due to activities or movements before Jan 13, said the Health Ministry in a brief tweet.
32 people travelling to other states and districts without the necessary police permit were among those nabbed for violating the Movement Control Order's (MCO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on Friday.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 472 people were detained, of which 457 were issued compounds and 15 remanded.
Other offences were failure to wear face mask (182), failure to provide customers' registration log at premises (85), premises operating beyond permitted hours or without permission (66), failure to observe physical distancing (65) and others (42).
A total of 708 Covid-19 cases recorded in Kelantan were caused by interstate travellers.
Kelantan health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the figure was recorded between the second wave of the pandemic on Sept 23 last year and yesterday.
He said the cases were recorded from the 18 clusters reported state-wide.
"Kelantan has 18 clusters so far and we have tallied 708 cases since September last year. Based on our records, interstate travellers lead to new clusters to emerge."
The number of daily Covid-19 cases hit a new record today, breaching the four thousand mark for the first time since the pandemic hit Malaysian shores.
At 4,029 cases, only eight were imported.
Meanwhile, 2,148 more patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals nationwide, taking the number of recoveries to 117,375.
A few diners chipped in to pay fines for two restaurants which allowed people to sit and dine in Beaufort on Friday (Jan 15).
In the first incident, a 58-year-old man was issued a compound after he was found allowing dine-ins at about 1pm.
Beaufort OCPD Deputy Supt Azmir Abd Razak said the man was compounded when policemen were doing their routine checks and inspections on SOPs in view of the movement control order (MCO) in place in Sabah.
The police have issued a compound to the organiser of the free frozen chicken drive-through event, as the programme was held without the approval of the authorities.
Putrajaya district police chief, ACP Mohd Fadzil Ali said the compound was issued under Section 22 (B) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 which is an offence under Regulation 15 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2021.
He said police received preliminary information about the programme held yesterday and had issued a letter informing the organiser that approval has not been given by the Putrajaya district police headquarters (IPD) as the district has been imposed the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO).
Those who are self-employed in Kelantan and need to go out to look for daily jobs can now apply for a one-time travel permit at the nearest police station, Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat.
He said the one-time permit would be for issued for the duration of the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) in the state from today until January 26.
“They don’t have to come several times to get permit to go out to work, like when the MCO was enforced for the first time before. Now, they only have to apply once, and the permit can be used until the end of the MCO.
Former Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas died at 3.20am today, a day after he was admitted to the intensive care unit of Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah in Kuala Terengganu for Covid-19.
He was 92, according to Harian Metro.
The Malay daily said his death was confirmed by as-Salihin Trustee Berhad president and CEO, Abdul Aziz Peru Mohamed who had also confirmed Salleh as testing positive for Covid-19.
Salleh had been chairman of its board.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) wants employers from high risk industries to refine their risk assessment and improve procedures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.
Its chairman, Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, said this is particularly relevant for industries where the staff are in direct contact with patients or symptomatic visitors.
“Employers must act responsibly in ensuring the safety, health and welfare of workers.
“Those who hire foreigners, especially, should make sure workers do a swab test and are only allowed to work if they are negative,” he said in a statement today.
He said employers must monitor the hostels of workers, as well as ensure physical distancing and compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) – like face mask use and a clean environment – in the workplace.
The state government has instructed all plantations in Sabah to undertake Covid-19 screening for their workers.
This came after two new clusters involving infection among estate workers were detected. The clusters are the Baturong Cluster in Kunak and the Ladang Matamba Cluster in Lahad Datu.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the Ladang Baturong cluster registered 44 infections today, taking the cumulative cases to 54, and Ladang Matamba cluster recorded four new infections, taking the cumulative cases to 20.
Police will take stern action and no longer compromise with those who do not comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. (pix)
He said since the announcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) three days ago, the government has provided exceptions and the police have been using their discretion when taking action.
“Today (Jan 15) is the last day the police uses discretion because tomorrow (Jan 16) the police will act sternly and not compromise with those who do not comply with the SOPs,” he said at a media conference regarding the development of MCO today.
Covid-19 patients awaiting a call from the Ministry of Health (MoH) can now report themselves through the ‘MySejahtera’ application.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the application was being upgraded and enhanced to better manage the outbreak, as well as to meet the needs of users in the effort to break the chain of infection in the community.
“They (users) can go to the ‘MySejahtera HelpDesk’ on the homepage of the MySejahtera application and follow the instructions in section G,” he said in a statement today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.