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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.

Mandatory face mask: Cops adopting advise first approach

National

The enforcement of mandatory face mask use in public places by the Police today is more on advising and reminding members of the public. This approach is aimed to remind the public that starting today, Aug 1, the use of face masks is mandatory when in crowded areas, public places and public transport.

Dr Noor Hisham: Nine new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, two from community transmissions

National

Malaysia recorded nine new Covid-19 infections today, seven of which were imported cases. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the imported cases involved two travellers returning from India, and one case each of travellers who flew in from the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Switzerland, the Philippines, and Pakistan.

After complaints, Sarawak health director says individuals sent to hospitals only marked as Covid-19 cases after confirmation through rescreening

Sarawak

State Health Department (JKN) is aware of complaints that individuals who have been referred and admitted to hospital as well as associated with positive Covid-19 cases were not taken into account as a case reported to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). In a statement today, its director Dr Chin Zin Hing said that the department had taken note of public complaints and feedback, including a question from Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong on her social media.

Zero new positive cases recorded in Sarawak, 12 new recoveries, says SDMC

Sarawak

No new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in Sarawak today, making the total number of positive cases in the state remain at 678. State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) secretariat which reported this today, however, cautioned that 10 Covid-19 clusters are still active in the state.

Sarawak CM brushes aside Muafakat Nasional, says fighting Covid-19 pandemic is top priority

Sarawak

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said he has never given much thought to Muafakat Nasional (MN). He said he only had Covid-19 on his mind at the moment, because it was paramount for the state’s leaders to look after the safety of the people during the pandemic. “The Covid-19 pandemic is serious. Kuching has turned red. So my mind is not on politics or MN,” he told a press conference when asked to comment on Umno’s move not to join Perikatan Nasional (PN) but to strengthen MN with PAS.

Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia reports 12 new Covid-19 cases today, one death

National

Malaysia recorded 12 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total cumulative number of cases to 8,976. Of the 12 new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five are imported cases, which include two Malaysians who returned from the United Kingdom and Qatar, while another is an Indonesian who travelled from Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur.

Sarawak police to set up roadblocks at Simunjan and Sri Aman from tomorrow

Sarawak

Sarawak Police will set up roadblocks in Simunjan and Sri Aman at 12.01am, August 1 (tomorrow) to 14 following the recent spike of Covid-19 pandemic in several districts in the state. Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar said this was following the decision made by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to restrict movement between Zone 1 (red/yellow zone) and Zone 2 (green zone).

Ismail Sabri: Police arrested 186 for defying MCO yesterday, 41 remanded

National

The authorities arrested 186 individuals yesterday for various offences related to violations of the recovery phase of the movement control order (RMCO), said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Of the 186, 41 were remanded while three others have been allowed bail; the rest were issued compounds.

It’s physical distancing now, not social distancing, MOH tells Malaysians

National

The Health Ministry (MOH) today announced that the term social distancing used in the standard operating procedure (SOP) to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has now been changed to physical distancing. The use of the new term refers to the public observing a one-metre distance from each other in new habits.

Malaysia has only eight new Covid-19 cases today, but local transmissions outnumber imported cases

National

Malaysia today recorded eight new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 8,964 cases. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of today’s new cases, three cases were imported — two are Malaysians and one a foreigner. The Malaysians had returned to the country from Kazakhstan and the Philippines, while the third case involved an illegal immigrant from Indonesia.

73 Kemas-run kindergartens in Kubang Pasu closed due to Covid-19 cluster

Kedah

The Government is monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Kubang Pasu district, Kedah, before taking other further action in the area. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said currently, 73 Community Development Department (Kemas)-run kindergartens and day care centres in the district have been ordered to shut down for 14 days as preliminary measures to contain Covid-19.

Police will check SOP compliance during Aidiladha

National

Police will monitor standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance at mosques, surau, residences and locations designated for 'ibadah korban' (sacrifice) during the Aidiladha celebration, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. "The government has allowed korban activities to be carried out mosque, surau and locations that have been approved by the local government or district religious affairs office. But this is subject to (compliance to) SOPs.

Ismail Sabri says matriculation colleges, teachers’ training institutes can reopen

National

The federal government is finally allowing matriculation and teachers’ training institutes (ILPs) to reopen after months of closure to curb the spread of Covid-19. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today that the reopening is subject to strict compliance with health regulations, including social distancing practices in the dormitories. “The meeting has agreed with the proposal from the Education Ministry.

Police to ensure SOPs compliance with during Hari Raya Haji, says Ismail Sabri

National

Police will be on the ground to ensure standard operating procedures (SOPs) are complied with during the Hari Raya Haji celebration, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said aside from conducting checks at homes, police will also be monitoring mosques, suraus and areas designated for korban (religious sacrifice) activities to ensure everyone followed the S0Ps.

Covid-19 situation in Kubang Pasu to be monitored following emergence of new cluster, says Ismail Sabri

National

The Covid-19 situation in Kubang Pasu, Kedah will be closely monitored before any decision is made to enforce the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in the area, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said for now, authorities had taken action by closing the Community Development Department (Kemas)-run kindergartens and daycare centres for 14 days, as preliminary measures to contain the transmission of Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri: Education Ministry to decide whether to keep schools open

National

The Education Ministry is looking into whether schools are to remain open, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the ministry is looking into the matter, and is expected to make a decision soon. “Whether schools are to be closed or only allow students in exam classes to come to school, the ministry is weighing in on this and will make known its decision soon,” he said on Thursday (July 30).

Quarantine before departure among proposals discussed for travel bubble

National

A compulsory 14-day home quarantine before travelling overseas is among the proposals mooted by the Health Ministry in establishing a travel bubble with Australia and New Zealand. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although the country's borders remain closed, the ministry had initiated discussions with Australia and New Zealand authorities to look into standard operating procedures and travelling guidelines between Malaysia and the two countries.

Dr Noor Hisham: MCO to be reinstated if Covid-19 cases continue to rise over next two weeks

National

The movement control order (MCO) or the conditional movement control order (CMCO) will be re-enforced if Covid-19 local transmission positive cases escalate. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government has no choice but to enforce the MCO again, as it did during the early stages of the pandemic, to break the chain of Covid-19 infection in the community.

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.

13 new cases reported Wednesday (July 29), no new fatalities, death toll remains at 124

National

The country has recorded 13 new Covid-19 cases, with five recoveries. Of the 13 cases, eight were imported, the Health Ministry said in a tweet Wednesday (July 29). The number of fatal cases remains at 124. It also said that the amount of active cases in the country has increased to 220 cases.

Staggered release of students from schools being looked into

National

The staggered release of students returning home from schools is among proposals being looked into by the Health Ministry to fine tune and improve the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the re-opening of schools. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the proposal was being looked into following concerns arising from congestion taking place outside the compound of schools at the end of daily schooling sessions. "Among the matters which are being discussed include those related to many people (students) gathering (before leaving) after the school session ends daily.

Perak police tracking three returnees yet to take mandatory second Covid-19 test

Perak

Perak police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain said his agency was helping the Health Department trace three Malaysian returnees who have not performed the second Covid-19 test at the end of their mandatory home quarantine. Razarudin said health authorities could not find them at their given addresses as these were incorrect. “The house addresses and phone numbers given by the individuals were not correct,” he told a press conference at the State Police Headquarters here.

SOPs being looked into to allow international travel between Covid-19 green zones, says Health DG

National

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are being looked into by Malaysia and countries in green zones before travel can be allowed, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said this includes getting a traveller to have a swab test and undergo a 14-day quarantine period at home before leaving the country.

Health DG: We'll know in two weeks if courts incident causes Covid-19 spike

National

Health authorities are waiting to see if there is a spike in Covid-19 cases following an incident in the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex on Tuesday (July 28) where social distancing was breached. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said if the failure to follow standard operating procedure (SOP) in the courts complex caused an increase in the number of cases, this would become apparent in two weeks.

Home quarantine flouter 'gives birth' to new Kedah cluster

Kedah

A permanent resident (PR) here who returned from India on July 13 via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the index case to a new cluster in Kedah named the PUI Sivagangga cluster. Screening done at the airport saw the PR holder testing negative for Covid-19, however he was instructed to undergo the mandatory 14-day home quarantine, as per the standard requirement. The Health Ministry announced today that the PR holder was found to have violated the home quarantine order.

Mandatory quarantine for travellers returning to Sabah starting tomorrow, says CM

Sabah

In line with the Federal Government’s decision, the Sabah government has also decided that anyone returning from overseas and entering the state, either by sea, land or air, must undergo mandatory quarantine beginning tomorrow (July 29). Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the quarantine period would be for 14 days or as stipulated by the State Health Department for those categorised as persons under surveillance (PUS).

Police conduct 1,776 inspections on individuals under quarantine: Ismail Sabri

National

A total of 1,776 inspections was carried out on individuals who were undergoing mandatory home quarantine yesterday, according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). He said from July 24 to yesterday, 1,631 individuals had returned home via international border entry points and all of them were placed at nine quarantine stations in Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Johor.

Covid-19: Seven yesterday, 39 today

National

The number of new Covid-19 cases today shows a significant increase from yesterday's seven. Malaysia recorded 39 new cases today, the highest daily figure since the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) was enforced early last month. Of the 39, only 11 were imported cases with the rest being local transmissions.

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.