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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.

Non-compliance with Covid-19 SOP not my turf, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker tells DAP MP

Kuala Lumpur

Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said today said she has no power to eject any MP who does not wear a face mask or fails to comply with health regulations in Parliament amid the current Covid-19 pandemic. She said the decision to allow any MP to enter Parliament without a face mask lay with the Parliament director-general, its sergeant-at-arms and the security forces stationed there.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine costs RM4,700 per person

National

The average cost for each individual undergoing mandatory 14-day quarantine is RM4,700, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said Malaysian citizens were only required to pay a maximum of RM2,100. "This includes hotel room charges and three meals a day. The payment is 44.7% of the total cost.

RMCO: Many continue to violate SOPs

National

210 individuals were found to have violated the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) and its standard operating procedures (SOP) yesterday. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement said of the total, 10 were placed under remand, one was released on bail and 199 others received compounds for offences including patronising pubs and nightclubs (72) and other activities that breached SOPs (138).

Action will be taken against SOP-flouting Najib supporters if report lodged

Kuala Lumpur

The large gathering outside the Jalan Duta court complex here today may have flouted standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), and action will be taken if any report is lodged on the incident. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said it is up to enforcement agencies to take action against those who flouted the SOPs.

Health DG disappointed to see SOP breached at Duta court complex

Kuala Lumpur

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah is saddened to see many breaking social distancing measures at the Duta Court Complex during the SRC trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday (July 28). "Every day the Health Ministry reminds Malaysians to obey the SOP of maintaining safe distancing of at least 1m, wearing face masks and frequently washing your hands.

Sabah government tightens rules during recovery MCO, those who break SOP will be compounded

Sabah

The Sabah government will enforce all the standard operating procedures (SOP) for all activities allowed in the state during the recovery movement control order (MCO). Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said this includes the wearing of face masks at public places and the washing of hands frequently with water and soap or using hand sanitizers.

Police to hunt down those who have not done second Covid-19 swab test

National

Police are tracking down People Under Surveillance (PUS) who have not undergone the second Covid-19 swab test on the 13th day of their mandatory home quarantine. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police would also haul the Malaysian returnees to court for failing to adhere to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Act 1998 and its Measures within the Infected Local Areas Regulations 2020.

Dr Noor Hisham: Govt considering providing face masks for B40

National

The government is looking into providing face masks to needy groups when the wearing of face masks is made mandatory starting Aug 1. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said among the groups that would be considered for this will be those in the bottom 40 per cent income bracket (B40). He explained that when wearing face mask is mandatory starting Aug 1, priority will be on wearing them in crowded places and in public transport.

Seven new cases, death toll remains at 124

National

Malaysia is back to a single-digit increase in Covid-19 infections on Monday (July 27), with seven new cases. This brings the total number of infections to 8,904 cases. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the seven new cases, four were imported cases involving three Malaysians and one non-Malaysian. He said the four imported cases were of infections contracted abroad in Pakistan, Russia, Australia and Indonesia, while the three locally-transmitted cases involved Malaysians in Sabah.

Selangor to update Covid-19 SOP after surge in cases, says MB

Selangor

Selangor will update the implement of the standard operating procedure (SOP) to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic following the hike in cases in the state. Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government would meet the state Covid-19 prevention task force in the near future to update the latest and long term plans, on the matter.

G'ovt will bear 56% of mandatory quarantine cost for M'sian returnees

National

The government will bear more than half the cost of the mandatory quarantine for Malaysians returning home, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said that the government would bear 56% of the cost, while the remaining 44% of the cost would be borne by the returnees. Non-citizens however would bear 100% of the costs.

Johor police: Over 4,000 arrested in the state since MCO started

Johor

Johor police have arrested 4,225 people statewide since the movement control order (MCO) was first implemented on March 18. Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that on Sunday (July 26) alone, some 74 people were compounded for violating the recovery MCO. “We have 203 teams comprising 1,511 personnel carrying out checks statewide, ” he said.

357 arrested yesterday for violating RMCO

National

The police yesterday nabbed a total of 357 individuals for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the recovery movement control order (RMCO). Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that out of those individuals, 32 people were remanded while two individuals posted bail.

Police: Full SOP compliance by all persons under surveillance in PJ

Selangor

All 224 Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) in the district here are fully complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP). Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the PUS consisted of Malaysians who were ordered to quarantine themselves at home after returning from overseas.

Sabah MP claims double standards in Perikatan govt’s Covid-19 subsidies

Sabah

Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin today accused the federal Perikatan Nasional (PN) government of bias against his Warisan-led state government in the disbursement of subsidies to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Chan, who is also Sabah DAP secretary, said differing political ideologies should not affect the federal government’s allocations to states in dealing with a health crisis.

Ismail Sabri: New SOP implemented for ship crew due to rising Covid-19 cases

National

A new standard operating procedure (SOP) will be enforced on ship crewmembers, where they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine before they can begin work or leave Malaysia. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government decided to tighten the SOP after health authorities reported a spike in Covid-19 cases among ship crewmembers.

No interstate travel restrictions during Hari Raya Aidiladha, says Ismail Sabri

National

There will be no restrictions on interstate travel during Hari Raya Aidiladha, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said that people could still go back to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha, which falls on Friday (July 31). “Yesterday, I received all kinds of messages on my social media. Even the places (roadblocks) have been determined by netizens. Actually, there are no restrictions on movements, ” he told a press conference on Monday (July 27).

Provide schoolkids with masks, PKR MP suggests

National

Students should be provided with washable and reusable face masks to help ease parents' burden in light of the mandatory enforcement on wearing face masks in public, former deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (PKR - Gopeng) said. In a press conference at the Parliament today, Dr Lee suggested that each student; primary, secondary and preschools, be provided with two washable and reusable face masks to protect them from the Covid-19 virus.

Post Covid-19: Domestic tourism shows improvement - Nancy

National

The domestic tourism industry has shown encouraging development after tourism activities were allowed to resume when the Recovery Movement Control Order was enforced on June 10. Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (pix) said the average occupancy rate in several city hotels and resorts throughout the country was encouraging especially in locations which offer natural attractions like islands, beaches, highlands or forests.

Report to health clinics or face penalties, Dr Noor Hisham warns Covid-19 home quarantine delinquents

National

A total of 2,897 individuals under compulsory home quarantine have yet to report to their nearest health clinics with the results of their second Covid-19 tests, Heath director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. He warned the errant individuals of dire consequences if they ignored the order as the police will be roped in to hunt them down.

Cross-border travel between Malaysia and Singapore expected in August

Johor

Cross-border travel under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) is expected to start on Aug 17 at the earliest. This comes after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein met with his Singapore counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the Causeway here on Sunday (July 26).

No investigation papers on fake Covid-19 news in past two months, says Ismail Sabri

National

The police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have not opened any new investigation papers on fake news regarding Covid-19 in the past two months, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Defence Minister said this showed that the public’s awareness on fake news had increased. He, however, said the police and MCMC are reviewing several reports received regarding fake news based on the existing laws.

MCO may be enforced again if cases rise to three digits, says Ismail Sabri

National

The government will re-implement the movement control order (MCO) if the number of Covid-19 cases climbs to three digits, says Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. "If it reaches three digits, we have no choice but to re-introduce the MCO (to curb the spread of the pandemic) and we will see.

Ismail Sabri: 617 detained on Saturday (July 25) for breaching recovery MCO

National

The police detained 617 individuals on Saturday (July 25) for violating the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. A total of 331 of them were detained at pubs or nightclubs, while 286 were involved in activities that had large crowds and made it difficult to observe social distancing. The Senior Minister (Security) said 20 individuals had been remanded while 597 were given compounds.

Health DG: 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 new death

National

The Health Ministry reported 13 new Covid-19 cases in the country as of noon today, bringing the tally of infections to 8,897. This is a significant drop from Saturday's daily total of 23 cases. However, the ministry also announced one more fatality from the disease, raising the death toll to 124. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 173 active cases are still being treated at health facilities across the country.

23 new cases, bringing total to 8,884, no new deaths

National

The Health Ministry has recorded 23 new cases and 17 recoveries on Saturday (July 25). Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 23 new infections, six were imported cases involving four Malaysians and two foreigners who are residents in the country, or who came into the country for work purposes.

Health Minister: Daily capacity testing for Covid-19 now increased to 37,000

National

Malaysia has increased its daily capacity testing for Covid-19 to 37,000 cases from 35,000 previously, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. The Health Minister said this was due to the increase in labs in the country that conducted tests for Covid-19. “The number of labs that we have now is at 56 compared to 53 previously, ” he said in a talk organised by Dewan Muda Johor here on Saturday (July 25).

Covid-19 health crisis requires multifaceted response, says Azmin

National

The Covid-19 health crisis requires a multifaceted response, and the stakes are at an all-time high, hence failure is not an option, said Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today. He said the world is looking to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) to offer a pathway and identify a set of concrete actions that could remedy the adverse impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

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.