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14,954 new cases, Sarawak highest with 2,707 infections

National

A total of 14,954 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday (Sept 19), bringing the cumulative total to 2,097,830, says the Health Ministry. Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases with 2,707 infections, followed by Selangor (2,028), Johor (1,948), Kelantan (1,420) and Sabah (1,356). This was followed by Penang (1,259), Perak (1,222), Kedah (809), Pahang (705), Terengganu (671), Kuala Lumpur (383), Melaka (207), Negeri Sembilan (144), Perlis (76) and Putrajaya (19). Labuan recorded zero cases.

15,549 new Covid-19 cases today

National

The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline for the fourth consecutive day, as the country records 15,549 new infections as of noon today. Sarawak remained the state with the most number of cases at 2,929, followed by Johor at 2,208. Selangor reported 1,995 cases, followed by Sabah (1,395), Penang (1,375), Kelantan (1,214), Perak (1,120), and Kedah (1,073). States reporting case numbers in the hundreds are Terengganu (755), Pahang (634), Kuala Lumpur (382), Melaka (263), and Negri Sembilan (131).

Educationists, NUTP laud move to have students vaccinated

National

Educationists have lauded the Health Ministry's move to have students, ages 12 to 17, vaccinated before the new school session next year. The move, they said, will create a safe environment for students when schools conduct physical classes again. Education expert Dr Anuar Ahmad from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Centre of Community Education and Wellbeing said having students vaccinated will better protect them against Covid-19 and give parents and guardians confidence to send their kids to schools. "By having a safe environment for students, it will provide stability to our education system. It is always our hope to keep schools open," he said.

Sabah's daily Covid-19 cases dip below 2,000 again

Sabah

Sabah's daily Covid-19 cases dipped for the fourth time this month to below 2,000 daily cases. State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said that the state recorded 1,717 cases with Kota Kinabalu seeing a significant drop. The state has been seeing an average of over 2,000 cases daily in August and saw numbers drop below 2,000 for three days from Sept 4 to 6. But, it again went up to above 2,000 cases over the last five days.

Education minister: Students can choose not to attend school, attendance is regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status

National

Vaccinated or not, all students can attend school, says Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin. He said students can choose to continue learning from home if they do not want to attend school in person. “If parents want to keep their children at home, they can continue to learn from home,” said Radzi during a press conference today. “Learning from home, however, will be slightly different now as teachers will be in school. So they will learn whatever the teachers have prepared for the week.

Sarawak's all-time high of 5,291 cases on Sunday (Sept 12) includes five-day backlog, more rapid test kits to be deployed

Sarawak

Sarawak recorded an all-time high of 5,291 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Sept 12) but its health authorities have pointed out that there is a reporting backlog of up to five days in many instances. This brings the state's cumulative case count to 156,798. Sarawak Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed said in a statement that for the eighth consecutive day since Sept 5, the number of daily cases exceeded 3,000. He said the 5,291 new cases were detected from 28,065 tests.

Face masks mandatory for all students in school, but not uniforms, says education minister

National

All children returning to school on October 3 are required to wear face masks, says Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin. He said masks are compulsory for all students while on school grounds, and that they will be provided to those who cannot afford them. “Some are poor and unable to afford masks, so we are asking the schools to supply them. The teachers will be in charge of this. “Also, we are suspending all co-curriculum activities, as well as not allowing children to eat in air-conditioned classrooms. They can have their recess in the classroom, but it must be well ventilated,” he said during a press conference today.

High number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak due to large volume of samples resulting in backlog, says state health director

National

The high volume of samples collected for Covid-19 testing has burdened existing laboratories’ capacity, resulting in a longer turnaround time for results, said Sarawak Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed. He said that this created a backlog, resulting in the results of some samples to only be known after five days. “Despite outsourcing for testing some samples, the high volume of samples collected has caused a burden on the capacity of existing laboratories resulting in the turnaround time for results to be lengthened.

All agencies must report activities to Langkawi task force, says Dr Noor Hisham

P.Pinang

All government and private sector agencies, statutory bodies and associations in Langkawi given the role and responsibility of ensuring the success of the pioneer tourism bubble project on the resort island have to report their activities to the Langkawi Task Force. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said Langkawi district officer Saiful Anwar Azmi had agreed to head the Langkawi Task Force in implementing the project. "Several performance indicators for health have been proposed and will be fine-tuned at the committee level," he said on social media on Sunday (Sept 12).

‘Rumah Prihatin’ in KL ready to be Covid-19 vaccination centre for adolescents

National

‘Rumah Prihatin’ set up at the Grand Seasons Hotel here is ready to be used as a vaccination centre (PPV) for adolescents if the need arises, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa. He said this would help the Health Ministry (MOH) to double or speed up the vaccination programme for teenagers. “In Kuala Lumpur, most (residents) have received vaccinations, so the capacity of the MOH-operated PPVs would be more than adequate.

Unvaccinated teachers: Education Ministry to discuss with PSD on appropriate actions

National

The Education Ministry is in the process of discussing with the Public Service Department (PSD) on actions to be taken against teachers who refused to get themselves vaccinated ahead of the reopening of schools, in stages, beginning Oct 3. Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said this group of teachers will not be allowed to conduct face-to-face teaching for schools set to open for physical classes. For now, Radzi said the ministry is in the process of assigning this group of 2,500 teachers to other roles when the schools reopened. "They only represent a small number of more than 10,000 teachers at schools nationwide.

Science minister: Covid-19 vaccination for teens in Terengganu to start after 80pc of adults complete their jabs

National

The vaccination programme for teens aged 12 to 17 in Terengganu will begin as soon as 80 per cent of the adult population complete their Covid-19 jabs, said Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. He said a total of 93,262 teens in Terengganu had been identified as eligible Covid-19 vaccine recipients, adding that the immunisation exercise for them would be conducted in schools. He said this to reporters after witnessing the door-to-door outreach vaccination programme in Taman Desa Paloh, here today.

99.94pc of Sarawak’s 5,291 new Covid-19 cases in Category 1, 2

Sarawak

A total of 99.94 per cent of Sarawak’s 5,291 new Covid-19 cases today consisted of Categories 1 and 2 cases involving asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). It said in its Covid-19 daily update that only three cases were of Category 3, 4 and 5. Category three refers to cases with pneumonia but not requiring oxygen while categories four and five are patients with pneumonia requiring oxygen and requiring ventilator support respectively.

Strict monitoring by police to ensure tourists comply with SOP in Langkawi

P.Pinang

Police will be stricter with monitoring to ensure tourists comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) set for the tourism bubble on the resort island of LAngkawi from Thursday (Sept 16). Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the Langkawi district police headquarters would mobilise and may increase personnel to ensure SOP compliance checks were conducted more effectively. "Although there will be a tourism bubble in place, all visitors must comply with every SOP set.... Those who wish to come to Langkawi need to have police approval as well.

National

Khairy targets early Oct roll-out of Covid-19 booster shots for frontliners, vulnerable groups

National

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today that he has set early October as the target for the administration Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for high-risk groups. During the Kedah Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference, Khairy listed those who fall into the category: the elderly with comorbidities, frontliners with health issues or at high-risk, those with poor immune systems and workers at old folks homes. “We will prioritise them first and after that, we will open to others. This, we may be able to execute in early October for this first group, God willing,” he said.

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

Spotted. KJ makes surprise visit to Kajang Hospital

Selangor

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin made a surprise visit to Kajang Hospital today. Ministry officials confirmed the matter with the New Straits Times, saying that Khairy spent an hour looking at the conditions at the healthcare facility and meet with staff and personnel. A medical officer, Dr Khairul Hafidz (@khairul_hafidz) took to Twitter sharing the minister's surprise visit to the hospital on a weekend. "Spotted in Hospital Kajang. This is what we call a real surprise visit. Some of the staff would surely have had their hearts 'pop out of their chest' seeing the minister arriving for the visit. Good job YB @Khairykj," he wrote.

Johor

Johor Covid-19 task force to improve system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat patients

Johor

The Johor Special Covid-19 Task Force has held its first meeting here to improve management of the pandemic in the state. Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the task force would monitor and improve the system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat Covid-19 patients. "This is to ensure that the pandemic is always under control. "Contact tracing needs to be accelerated so that it is done within 24 to 48 hours, and vaccination rates must also be increased," he said in a statement posted on Facebook here on Friday (Sept 17).

Perak

Pangkor Island expected to open to fully-vaccinated tourists on Nov 1, says Perak exco

Perak

Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi. However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry. “Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases detected after screenings of those leaving for Langkawi

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases were discovered following screening exercises carried out at air and sea entry points to Langkawi. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the four were among 3,454 individuals who were screened before leaving for Langkawi. One case each was detected at the Penang and Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport in Subang. “Two positive cases were discovered at the Kuala Perlis jetty,” he said in his tweet on Friday (Sept 17).

Kedah

Kedah to expand Covid-19 vaccination facilities, says MB

Kedah

The Kedah government will expand and improve its vaccination facilities after the state managed to obtain more vaccine supplies from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti). Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said Kedah received 226,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine a week compared to 80,000 doses previously, hence the state government through the Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force (CITF) needed to speed up the vaccination process in the state. “We will open a mega vaccination centre (PPV) at SP Sport Centre (in Sungai Petani) with a capacity of 5,000 doses per day in collaboration with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd, making it the largest integrated PPV in Kedah. The PPV will start operating on August 6,” he said in a statement here today.

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

Two villages in Pahang to go under EMCO

Pahang

Two Orang Asli villages in Pahang will be placed under the 14-day Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from midnight today (Sept 20) to curb the spread of Covid-19. National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the EMCO would end on Oct 3. "The two villages are Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Koi, Hulu Cheka in Jerantut and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Pareh in Bentong," he said in a statement today. Rodzi said the EMCO at Taman Pantai Lok Kawi in Papar, Sabah which was to end tomorrow (Sept 20), would be extended until Oct 4.

Kelantan

Kelantan to get single-dose CanSino vaccine by month end

Kelantan

Kelantan is expected to receive 18,000 single-dose CanSino vaccine in stages beginning Sept 23, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. He said the vaccine would be sent to Gua Musang and Kuala Krai to enable those living in the interior areas to be vaccinated against Covid-19. He said the single-dose vaccine would not only be given to the Orang Asli but also villagers staying in these areas. "There are 7,000 Orang Asli's in Kelantan who are expected to receive the single-dose vaccine while the rest will be given to others," he told a Press conference after visiting a vaccination centre (PPV) in Tunjong here today.

Terengganu

Terengganu latest to move to Phase Three of Covid-19 recovery plan

Terengganu

Terengganu will be moving into Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from September 17, announced Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today. In a statement, Ismail Sabri said that the new activities allowed for the state will be according to the standard operating procedures (SOP) it has set by the National Security Council, but warned Malaysians not to take advantage of their new freedoms. “The fact that the government is loosening restrictions doesn’t mean that we can ignore safety practices that we have been exercising for more than a year,” he said.

Melaka

Night, morning markets in Melaka to open after traders completed Covid-19 vaccination, says CM

Melaka

Night and morning markets in Melaka will only be allowed to operate after all traders and employees have received two-dose of Covid-19 vaccine, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali. He said this was to ensure the safety of the public and was in line with the state government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by October. “The state government is actively expediting vaccination of the relevant groups through the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC) as well as private collaboration with local authorities (PBT).

N.Sembilan

Almost 2 million doses needed for vaccination in industrial sector

N.Sembilan

About 1.99 million doses of vaccine are needed to inoculate workers in the manufacturing sector under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) between July and September this year. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said 600,000 doses of vaccine would be required next month, 600,000 doses in August and 795,000 doses in September for the PIKAS programme, which would be carried out at 49 designated industry vaccination centres (PPVs). "This supply of vaccines is vital for a successful implementation of PIKAS, and National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinator Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given an assurance that PIKAS would be allocated 600,000 doses in July.

Labuan

94 per cent of Form 4 and 5 students in Labuan receive first vaccine dose

Labuan

A total of 2,446 students in Form Four and Form Five here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, ahead of the reopening of schools on Oct 4, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail. He said this represents 94.33 per cent of the 2,593 students registered for the first phase of vaccination which began on Sept 11. "All the students, who were accompanied by their parents, were excited to have the opportunity to get the jabs. "We are quite sure those who have received the first dose will complete the second dose before schools reopen next month," he told Bernama today.

Sabah

Sabah to start vaccinating teens aged 12 to 17 tomorrow

Sabah

Sabah will proceed with inoculating teenagers despite the vaccination rate among its adult population still being below 80 per cent. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the vaccinations would start tomorrow for those aged between 12 and 17. He said the matter was decided at the cabinet meeting here today. "This was also in line with the Health Ministry's stand to get as many adolescents in the high-risk group to be vaccinated. It is also in anticipation of the reopening of schools starting Oct 3," he said in a statement.

Sarawak

99.74pc of 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak either asymptomatic or mild cases

Sarawak

A total of 99.74 per cent of the 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak today were asymptomatic and mild cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). The Sarawak SDMC said in a statement that, of the new cases, 1,788 cases were in Category One (no symptoms); 912 in Category Two (mild symptoms), one in Category Three (lung infections), two in Category Four (requiring oxygen) and four in Category Five (requiring ventilator). “With the increased number of new cases, the cumulative infections in the state is now at 179,788,” it added.