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3,306 new cases, four fatalities bring death toll to 605

National

Covid-19 cases in the country remained above the 3,000 mark as Malaysia entered the sixth day of the second movement control order. In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country recorded 3,306 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Jan 18). This takes the tally up to 161,740. Four people also died due to the coronavirus, raising Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 605. The country also discharged 2,293 Covid-19 patients, which means 122,344 people have recovered. The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has gone up to 38,791. Currently, 226 patients are in intensive care, with 94 requiring ventilator support.

3,339 new cases, 7 new fatalities bring total to 601

National

A total of 3,339 Covid-19 cases were recorded on Sunday (Jan 17) with 15 of them being imported cases, says the Health Ministry. There were also seven deaths recorded, bringing the total number of deaths to 601. The ministry said since the beginning of the pandemic to date, there were a total of 158,434 positive cases in the country. The Health Ministry also said some 2,676 Covid-19 patients were also discharged, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 120,051. Currently, there are 240 patients in the intensive care unit, with 93 of them requiring ventilator support.

All parks in Penang to close as of tomorrow (Jan 15)

P.Pinang

All parks in Penang, including Botanic Gardens, will be closed as of Friday (Jan 15). This follows some confusion when the movement control order was re-imposed on Wednesday (Jan 13) and some public recreational parks in the state remained open for people to go jogging alone. State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 14) that the state will take heed of the order from National Security Council and close all public parks in the state.

Enhanced MCO for Kejora Juara, Westlite workers hostels in Johor extended

Johor

The enhanced movement control order for two localities in Johor will be extended from Jan 16 to 29 as there is still a high number of active cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic). The localities are Kejora Juara workers hostel in Muar and Westlite workers hostel in Senai. Ismail Sabri said that the National Security Council, in a special meeting, had agreed to extend the enhanced MCO for the Kejora Juara workers' hostel as there are still 1,404 active cases there.

Sarawak imposes MCO on Sibu Division from Jan 16

Sarawak

The movement control order (MCO) will be implemented in Sibu Division following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases arising from the Pasai Siong cluster, the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said today. It said the MCO covering the districts of Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau will be imposed at 12.01am on January 16 until 11.50pm on January 29. The decision was made by SDMC at a meeting this morning after Sibu registered 150 new cases, 148 of which are from the Pasai Siong cluster. The standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding the enforcement of the MCO will be announced tomorrow.

Record high of 3,337 cases reported, 15 fatalities bring death toll to 578

National

Malaysia reported 3,337 more Covid-19 infections on Thursday (Jan 14), a new daily record for the country. Prior to this, the most number of cases in a day was 3,309, which was recorded just two days ago on Jan 12. There were also 15 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, taking the death toll to 578. The country now has 147,855 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. On the same day, 1,710 Covid-19 patients were discharged which means 113,288 people in the country have recovered from the virus. The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia is now up to 33,989. Currently, 195 patients are in intensive care, with 86 requiring ventilator support.

Ismail Sabri: 389 arrested for violating SOP on first day of MCO 2.0

National

Police arrested 389 for violating various standard operating procedures (SOP) on the first day of the second phase of the movement control order. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said among the violations were not wearing face masks in crowded public places, not practising social distancing and for not recording customers’ details. On Ops Benteng, he said 138 illegal immigrants and six tekongs were arrested on Wednesday (Jan 13).

Ku Li tests positive for Covid-19

National

Umno veteran and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (pic) has tested positive for Covid-19, according to sources. According to the source, Tengku Razaleigh is currently being warded at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) after a recent screening test came back positive. The source also said Tengku Razaleigh, better known as "Ku Li", is in a stable condition. It was also understood that Tengku Razaleigh was a close contact of Nenggiri assemblymen Ab Aziz Yusoff, who was also recently tested positive for Covid-19.

Sibu residents told not to rush for screening

Sarawak

Residents in Sibu have been reminded not to rush for COVID-19 test at the Sibu Indoor Stadium screening centre and drive-through centre at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak building here following a major congestion today. The two centres, located at Jalan Tun Tuanku Bujang, Sungai Merah became the focus of the people when long queues were formed with the opening of the drive-through screening centre which began operation today. The centre which opened from 2 pm to 5 pm recorded 368 samples involving 172 vehicles.

China’s Sinovac defends Covid-19 vaccine after disappointing Brazil data

National

China’s Sinovac Biotech defended the safety and efficacy of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine today, after researchers in Brazil released late-stage clinical data showing efficacy that was much lower than initially announced. The vaccine was just 50.4 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic infections in the Brazilian trial, including data on “very mild” cases, researchers said yesterday. Last week, they said the vaccine, called CoronaVac, showed 78 per cent efficacy against “mild-to-severe” cases.

Patient with B117 strain already discharged, says Health DG

National

The individual who was detected with the potentially contagious B117 Covid-19 strain from the United Kingdom has already been discharged, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said that the 22-year-old individual who came back from the United Kingdom did not have any close contacts with anyone else as the individual had been isolated upon arrival in the country. The individual’s first test was negative, with a positive result detected in the second test, said Dr Noor Hisham.

Dr Noor Hisham says Covid-19 curve should be flat by May using maximum four weeks of MCO

National

Health authorities expect to control Malaysia’s Covid-19 infection rate in 12 weeks now that the movement control order (MCO) has been reintroduced, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on the first day of the renewed lockdown. In a press briefing today, he said it was still too early to see the effects of the MCO but insisted that it was the right move to help Malaysia suppress the growth of Covid-19 infections. He also disclosed that the authorities do not plan to keep the MCO in place for longer than four weeks. “With these procedures, we hope we can reduce the curve — based on our projection — by 12 weeks but we will implement two weeks first and see what the developments are in these two weeks and whether there is a need (to extend the MCO) or otherwise, it will depend on the data.

Covid-19 patients help clean dirty toilets at the quarantine centre in viral Facebook post

Sabah

Tired of poor sanitary conditions of the bathrooms and toilets, four patients at the Likas Covid-19 low-risk quarantine centre here took matters into their own hands and decided to clean the facilities themselves. One of them also posted their clean-up efforts on Facebook on Jan 9 while complaining about the conditions at the centre in the Likas sports complex. Three days after his viral post, health officials moved in to clean up the bathrooms and toilets. In another Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 12), the man thanked the Health Department for cleaning up the place and hoped that they would keep it up.

Eleven new clusters, most linked to workplaces and factories

National

Eleven new Covid-19 clusters have been detected with many of them linked to workplaces and factories around the country. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that 119 cases were detected in the Taman Integrasi cluster, which is linked to a workers' dormitory in the Rawang Integrated Industrial Park. He said that 99 cases were detected in the Jalan Ijuk cluster that is linked to a factory in the Hicom Industrial Estate in Shah Alam while the Jalan Rami cluster in Muar, Johor has seen 112 positive cases from a factory.

National

Those with symptoms get priority for swab tests, says Health DG

National

As the increasing number of Covid-19 infections continues to overwhelm the country, not all individuals identified as close contacts may undergo tests. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will prioritise swab tests for individuals with symptoms first. “Those who are close contacts to positive cases must undergo quarantine and be isolated. “The priority for Covid-19 swab tests is given to those who are symptomatic. “This is because the swab tests may not be able to be given to all, especially in districts or states that are burdened with a high number of cases.

Kuala Lumpur

柏丽玛文良港公寓 再有1人中招

Kuala Lumpur

隆市文良港的柏丽玛文良港公寓(Prima Setapak Condo)今日再传出1宗新冠肺炎确诊病例! 该公寓管理层今日通知住户,指过去3个月该公寓共有6宗确诊病例,其中3宗的患者目前已康复。 通告上说,管理层于今日接获最新1宗确诊病例,确诊的是该公寓B座3楼的1位住户,另外有3名密切接触者的检测报告仍未出炉。 “上述患者,与本月14日及15日确诊的病患,皆在各自单位居家隔离中。”

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

State PKR deputy chief questions move to transfer Johor Covid-19 patients for treatment in Selangor

Selangor

Johor PKR deputy chief Jimmy Puah Wee Tse today questioned why Covid-19 patients from Johor are sent to the Malaysia Agricultural Expo Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor for quarantine and treatment. He said it is inconvenient for Covid-19 patients from Johor to be sent to Selangor as it very far. “I understand that starting yesterday, new (Covid-19) patients from Johor will be sent to MAEPS in Selangor to undergo a quarantine process and seek further treatment.

Johor

Enhanced MCO for Kejora Juara, Westlite workers hostels in Johor extended

Johor

The enhanced movement control order for two localities in Johor will be extended from Jan 16 to 29 as there is still a high number of active cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic). The localities are Kejora Juara workers hostel in Muar and Westlite workers hostel in Senai. Ismail Sabri said that the National Security Council, in a special meeting, had agreed to extend the enhanced MCO for the Kejora Juara workers' hostel as there are still 1,404 active cases there.

Perak

Ipoh old folks' home confirms Covid-19 outbreak

Perak

An old folks' home in Ipoh, Perak has been placed under lockdown after 13 people, including seven senior citizens, tested positive for Covid-19. Others who tested positive at the Anning Old Folks' Home include six staff members. The matter was confirmed by Anning Old Folks' Home chairman Marcus How Kok Peng. "As part of the exercise to prevent the spread of the virus at old folks' homes around the state, representatives from the state Health Department came to conduct screening on all of 36 senior citizens and 24 staff at our centre on Sunday (Jan 10).

P.Pinang

All parks in Penang to close as of tomorrow (Jan 15)

P.Pinang

All parks in Penang, including Botanic Gardens, will be closed as of Friday (Jan 15). This follows some confusion when the movement control order was re-imposed on Wednesday (Jan 13) and some public recreational parks in the state remained open for people to go jogging alone. State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 14) that the state will take heed of the order from National Security Council and close all public parks in the state.

Kedah

CMCO in Kulim extended another 2 weeks

Kedah

With 334 positive Covid-19 cases as of Dec 3 in Kulim, Kedah, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed in the district will be extended another two weeks. Initially scheduled to end tomorrow, Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it will be extended until Dec 20. He said the Health Ministry's risk assessment done on the district found the infectivity rate to still be high.

Perlis

Covid-19 screening for over 2,000 foreign workers in Perlis begins today

Perlis

The Perlis Manpower Department is conducting a special operation beginning today until February 28 to ensure all 2,562 registered foreign workers in the state undergo Covid-19 screening tests. Its director, Iskandar Jassa, said the move was taken in order to contain the pandemic among the community. “Today, we visited 11 employers and found only one of them had conducted Covid-19 screening for its workers,” he told reporters here, today. He urged all employers to do so immediately or face the consequences.

Pahang

Bentong Prison staff, family members in quarantine

Pahang

All staff of the Bentong Prison and their family members are to be quarantined until the Covid-19 screening process is done with. This is after health authorities identified the Tembok Mempaga cluster yesterday, the Pahang disaster management committee said in a statement today, adding that the move was necessary to ensure there are no transmissions within the local community.

Kelantan

Kelantan sees record 150 new daily Covid-19 infections

Kelantan

Kelantan recorded an all-time-high tally of 150 daily Covid-19 cases today. State health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said Kota Baru registered the highest number of cases at 50, followed by Gua Musang (27) and Pasir Mas (21). He said the 150 cases take the cumulative tally of infections in the state to 2,133. Dr Zaini added that 79 of the 150 cases are from close contacts, 45 from clusters, while the rest were detected via screening tests.

Terengganu

Four Terengganu excos, one state rep under home quarantine pending test results

Terengganu

A total of four Terengganu state executive council members and another state assemblyman in the state are now undergoing quarantine at their homes while waiting for the results of their Covid-19 tests, a report has said. All four state executive council members are also state assemblymen in PAS-ruled Terengganu. In the report by Harian Metro last night, this was confirmed by one of those undergoing quarantine — Bukit Tunggal state assemblyman Alias Razak who is also the exco chairing the local government, housing, health and environment committee. Alias said the five of them — including himself — were close contacts to a staff member at the Wisma Darul Iman who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Melaka

Two Melaka Police Headquarters Contingent personnel test positive for Covid-19

Melaka

A total of 83 close contacts of two Melaka Police Headquarters Contingent (IPK) personnel, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, have been identified, said Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali. He said the two women personnel, a sub-inspector and a civil servant aged 30 and 53, are from the logistics division of the IPK. “The close contacts who have been identified comprised officers, personnel as well as family members and 45 of them have been ordered to undergo home quarantine.

N.Sembilan

Covid-19: 64.6 per cent drop in Rukun Tetangga activities in N.Sembilan this year

N.Sembilan

SEREMBAN: Rukun Tetangga activities in Negeri Sembilan recorded a decrease of 64.6 per cent to 606 activities from January to November, compared to 1,713 activities for the same period last year.

Labuan

13 compounded for defying Covid-19 SOPs in Labuan

Labuan

Thirteen people were detained by police for defying standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at food premises here last night. Acting Labuan police chief DSP Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said all of them, aged between 28 and 48 years, were compounded RM1,000 each, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.

Sabah

Covid-19 patients occupy nearly 80pct of Sabahs' ICU beds

Sabah

Seventy-nine per cent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Sabah hospitals are occupied by Covid-19 patients. State Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said despite this, the Health Ministry will do its best to accommodate and provide the best healthcare for the people. "There are two major hospitals in Kota Kinabalu, one has 36 ICU beds and the other has six beds; Tawau has 32; Sandakan 18; Lahad Datu 13; and Keningau 10. "There are 115 ICU beds in total and 91 patients are being treated at ICUs to date, with 23 of them needing ventilators," he said in a virtual press conference.

Sarawak

Don’t use longhouse as quarantine centre for Covid-19 PUI, NGO tells Sarawak govt

Sarawak

Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng today urged the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) not to designate longhouses as quarantine centres for those returning from high-risk areas in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. He said the Pasai Siong cluster should serve as a lesson on why longhouses should not be used as quarantine centres for persons-under-investigation (PUIs) for Covid-19. Lau said many people that he talked to had agreed that an index case in the Pasai Siong cluster should not have been allowed to be quarantined at longhouse since she had returned from Johor Baru via Kuala Lumpur, as both are states considered high Covid-19 risk areas.