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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.

Dr Noor Hisham: Index cases of 23 Covid-19 clusters nationwide were recent travellers from Sabah

National

A total of 23 Covid-19 clusters were caused nationwide by index cases who had a history of travelling to Sabah, revealed Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said the numbers represent the total amount of clusters detected from travellers leaving the state since September 22, with a total of 394 positive cases detected to date from the 18,478 individuals tested.

Voters troubled by political power grab during Covid-19, Bersatu rep tells Penang assembly

P.Pinang

The public is sick and tired of the political turmoil in the country especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic, an Opposition assemblyman told the Penang state legislative assembly today. Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia-Bertam) said any political turmoil in the government will lead to a negative impact on the people and their livelihood.

Four deaths today as Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases shoot to 660

National

The Ministry of Health recorded four Covid-19 deaths today, as new cases shoot back up to 660. But the country also recorded the highest daily recovery rate at 350 cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 5,345. Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 660 cases, only two cases were imported from India and Nepal respectively.

CM hopes to break chain of infection in remand prison with EMCO

P.Pinang

Penang hopes to break the chain of Covid-19 infection with the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in the Penang remand prison and the Penang prison department quarters. "With the implementation of the EMCO, we hope to break the chain of infection in the remand prison cluster.

Jitters as 563 daily cases recorded

National

The upswing in the daily tally of new Covid-19 cases continues. A total of 563 cases were reported in the 24 hours leading up to noon yesterday, the second highest number of new cases in a day. On Oct 6, a total of 691 cases were reported, the highest number of new infections in a day for the country. In response to the continued upsurge in infections, the government will impose a conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Selangor as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya from midnight tonight.

Sabah CM in good spirits, recovering from Covid-19, says assistant state minister

Sabah

Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Wetrom Bahanda today said that Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor remains in high spirits despite undergoing treatment for Covid-19. Wetrom said he has been in constant contact with the chief minister who is currently undergoing treatment for Covid-19 in a government hospital here.

Labuan schools operating amid low student turnout, says education director

Labuan

All 26 secondary and primary schools here are operating as usual amid the low turnout of students and teachers. Labuan Education director, Khaziyati Osman said there had been no directive thus far from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to temporarily close the schools in view of the increasing Covid-19 cases here.

Penang remand prison, quarters to be placed under EMCO

P.Pinang

The Penang remand prison and the Penang Prisons Department's quarters will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). This was decided in a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting today and announced by Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press conference streamed live this afternoon. The EMCO in these two areas will take from midnight Oct 15.

EC: Nation battling Covid-19, not right time to hold general, state election

National

Now is not the right time to hold a general or state election as the country is still battling Covid-19, the Election Commission (EC) said today. EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh, when responding to reports that Sarawak may be facing a state election in the near future, said maintaining public health safety during a pandemic is no easy task. “If possible, avoid holding one (election) during this time,” he told a media conference after announcing the Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election here today.

CMCO in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya: Dine-ins allowed, limited to 2 per table

Kuala Lumpur

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya which will be enforced for two weeks from midnight tonight will see dine-ins permitted. However, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said only two people would be allowed per table. Speaking in a press conference that was streamed live this afternoon, Ismail Sabri said businesses are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm during the CMCO period.

Work-related travels permitted, must present pass and letter

Kuala Lumpur

Employees can travel between districts for work during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, provided they present a valid employee's pass or letter from their employers confirming their employment status. However, those working within the same district will not be required to present similar documents to police personnel.

Several FT Islamic Religious Council Zakat Collection Centre employees confirmed positive, says CEO

Kuala Lumpur

Several employees of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council Zakat Collection Centre (PPZ-MAIWP) are confirmed positive Covid-19. This was confirmed by PPZ-MAIWP chief executive officer, Ahmad Shukri Yusoff who said that all PPZ-MAIWP employees had been directed to undergo screening tests and placed under quarantine as preventive and control measures.

Ismail Sabri says 446 individuals arrested yesterday for violating RMCO

National

The authorities arrested a total of 446 individuals yesterday for breaching regulations enforced under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in his press briefing from the total number of arrests 407 individuals were compounded, 37 individuals were remanded while two others were granted bail.

Tanjung market, fish market in Tawau temporarily closed

Sabah

The Tanjung Market and Tawau Fish Market have been temporarily closed after more than 10 traders tested positive for Covid-19 since last week. Tawau District Health Officer Dr G. Navindran said the closure order, issued and effective from yesterday, was to curb the spread of the virus among traders and customers of the markets. “We have asked the Tawau Municipal Council (MPT) to shut down both the markets and notices on the closures have been posted on the premises,” he said when contacted Bernama.

CMCO decision is right move, says PM

National

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a press conference with representatives from some 10 media agencies today stressed that the decision to impose the CMCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya by the NSC is the right move. He explained that this was to limit movement but highlighted that the economic sector was allowed to fully operate.

Mosques can operate but congregation limited to 6 people

National

Mosques in Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas will be allowed to conduct prayers during the period. However, the congregation will be limited to only six people, who will be decided by the imam and mosque committee. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was decided upon today by the special National Security Council meeting.

King calls on people to unite in fight against Covid-19

National

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (pix) today called on the people, regardless of race, religion and political beliefs to unite in the nation’s fight against Covid-19. Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said Al-Sultan Abdullah’s response was due to worrying developments over the ongoing pandemic, with new cases in the country continuing to hit three digits daily and the emergence of several new clusters since Oct 1.

Businesses and economic activities allowed in Selangor, KL and Putrajaya during CMCO, here are their hours

Kuala Lumpur

Putrajaya clarified today that all business, economic and industrial activities are allowed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, which will be placed under conditional movement control order (CMCO) from October 14 to 27. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told a press briefing that businesses such as food outlets are allowed to operate from 6am to 10am throughout the CMCO period.

Passengers aboard AirAsia’s KL-Labuan flight on Oct 6 told to get tested after fellow flier tests positive for Covid-19

Labuan

Ninety-five passengers on the AirAsia flight AK5172 Kuala Lumpur-Labuan on Oct 6 are urged to get tested for Covid-19 immediately after one passenger tested positive for the viral infection last Sunday. Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said no one on the 7.20am flight should skip the test. Ismuni also urged guests at a wedding ceremony on Oct 3 at the Labuan Financial Park Convention Hall, who have yet to be tested, to undergo the test as one of the invitees had tested positive.

In the dark over CMCO details

National

Residents and business operators in areas placed under conditional movement control order (CMCO) are baffled over what activities are permissible during this period. Although the National Security Council (NSC) has released a list of directives for these areas, many are still in the dark as the detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) have not been issued yet.

China places Malaysia on vaccine priority list

National

China has listed Malaysia as a priority recipient for any vaccine the East Asian giant produces. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this was one of the things his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, had agreed to in a meeting during the latter's official visit to the country today. "We also welcomed China's agreement to encourage Chinese enterprises to establish all-round cooperation with Malaysian partners in vaccine research & development, and distribution," he said in a press statement on the bilateral meeting.

Time to sit back and wait out the Covid-19 surge

National

THE conditional movement control order (CMCO) imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Sabah comes at a price. Just as we are beginning to see a slight change in fortune with the domestic economy picking up, we are faced with another two weeks of movement control order in these places. The closing of 298 schools in Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya was an indicator of the severity of the problem at hand.

Health Ministry announces six new Covid-19 clusters in Malaysia

National

The Ministry of Health today discovered six new Covid-19 cluster, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah The new clusters are Baiduri and Bah Perdana clusters in Kuala Lumpur, the Kolong cluster in Sabah, Bah Tropicana cluster in Selangor, Rinting cluster in Johor and Bah Kasturi cluster in Putrajaya.

Dr Noor Hisham: CMCO necessary to break the chain of Covid-19 infection following consistent high number of new cases

National

The conditional movement control order (CMCO) due to begin on October 14 for the Klang Valley and Sabah is necessary to break the Covid-19 infection chain, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. In his daily press conference today, Dr Noor Hisham pointed out that since the start of the Covid-19 third wave in the country, the nation has seen a consistent high number of new cases, especially in Sabah.

Covid-19: Health Ministry deploys 522 personnel to assist Sabah

National

The Health Ministry continued to mobilise more healthcare workers to Sabah, to aid in the battle against Covid-19 in the state. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a total of 522 personnel from various categories had been sent to Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu.

Dr Noor Hisham: Employers should periodically screen frontline staff following several Covid-19 positive cases in Klang Valley malls

National

Employers are encouraged to send their frontline staff who are in constant contact with the public for Covid-19 screening, from time to time, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reiterated today. This comes after a few shopping centres in the Klang Valley have confirmed several Covid-19 positive cases within their premises in the past week.

563 new cases today, mostly in Sabah

National

Malaysia continues to log three-digit Covid-19 cases with 563 recorded as of noon today. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said only one out of the 563 cases was imported. Sabah, he said recorded the highest number of infections at 291, while Penang registered a spike of 141 cases from the Reman Prison cluster.

Screening tents at Queen Elizabeth Hospital not due to shortage of beds

Sabah

Screenings tents are set up at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (HQE) for purpose of conducting Covid-19 screening and have no connection with the viralled issue on shortage of beds at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), said Sabah Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi. She said preliminary screening and examination on patients are conducted by medical officers at the tents to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients who are receiving treatment at the same hospital or healthcare workers who share the same space.

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.