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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).

New infections dip below 20,000 with 19,550 cases reported

National

A total of 19,550 new Covid-19 infections were reported on Saturday (Sept 11), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said this brings the cumulative total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 1,960,500 since the pandemic began. Sarawak recorded the most new infections with 3,743, followed by Selangor (2,416), Johor (2,282) and Sabah (2,163).

EMCO to be enforced in several localities in Pahang and Sabah

National

The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be enforced in a few localities in Pahang and Sabah from Sept 12-25. National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad, in a statement on Friday (Sept 10), said that the EMCO would be enforced in two localities in Temerloh and another in Lipis and Rompin. In Sabah, the EMCO will be enforced in a locality in Kota Kinabalu. Meanwhile, the EMCO on three localities in Pasir Mas, Kelantan will conclude on Sept 11 as scheduled. Two EMCOs at localities in Ranau and Penampang will also conclude as scheduled on Sept 11.

MoH aims to fully vaccinate 23.4 million adults by Oct 24

National

The Health Ministry (MoH) has projected that in 44 days, over 23.4 million adults in Malaysia will have been fully-vaccinated against Covid-19. This target, said the ministry, is expected to be achieved by Oct 24. It said that in 12 days on Sept 22, 80 per cent of the adult population or 18.7 million people would be completely inoculated. This was based on yesterday's data uploaded on the Health Ministry's new Covid-19 website (https://covidnow.moh.gov.my/), which was unveiled by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Malaysia Aviation Group offers low fares, holiday packages in support of Langkawi travel bubble

P.Pinang

Leading up to the opening of Langkawi on Malaysia Day (September 16), subsidiaries of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) — Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and MHholidays — are offering low fares and travel packages for immediate booking until September 30 for travel between September 16 and October 31, 2021. In a statement today, the group said fully-vaccinated customers can kick start their long-awaited holiday with Malaysia Airlines’ Economy Lite fare from RM89 for all-in one-way and enjoy the perks of travelling full service with, among others, a seven-kilogramme cabin baggage allowance, complimentary snacks, meals and beverages. “Customers looking for maximum ease of travel can also opt for the Economy Flex fare for additional benefits including unlimited date changes with no fees incurred, free refunds without a fee, Go Show flexibility, priority check-in, boarding, and check-in baggage allowance of 35kg,” it said.

With Covid-19 impacting mental health, society must play role in identifying early symptoms of depression among loved ones

National

The community in Malaysia is not exempted from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their mental health, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said social factors that cause excessive stress, such as losing job or source of income and to be isolated from family and friends, can affect some individuals with high risk of mental problem and depression. “If the depression failed to be identified and treated properly, there is a risk of suicidal behaviour. “Suicidal behaviour includes suicidal ideation, suicidal plan, suicide attempt and death due to suicide,” he said in a statement in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day today.

21,176 new cases recorded, Sarawak tops the list with 3,734

National

Malaysia recorded 21,176 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Sept 10), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said this brings the cumulative total number of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia to 1,940,950 cases since the pandemic began. Sarawak continued to record the most new infections with 3,734 cases, followed by Selangor (3,595), Johor (2,297) and Sabah (2,246).

323 new deaths bring total fatalities to 19,486

National

There were another 323 Covid-19 related deaths reported on Thursday (Sept 9), as the cumulative total of fatalities reached 19,486, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Health Minister said this was 1% of the 1,919,774 cumulative cases of Covid-19 that had been reported in the country. Sarawak remained the state with the highest number of cases, with 3,118 new infections. Selangor is second with 2,700 cases, followed by Sabah (2,298) and Penang (2,243).

Health Ministry launches new Covid-19 website

National

The Health Ministry has launched a new website known as CovidNow to give the latest simplified data on Covid-19, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Health Minister said the new website will provide new data, including the details of new cases as well as the status of vaccination and the type of vaccine. The information will be updated at 11.59pm daily. "You can start to access the website starting from 6pm on Thursday (Sept 9) at https://COVIDNOW.moh.gov.my and the daily updates will be available on CovidNow," he said during a press conference on Thursday.

High-risk Covid-19 patients in category two and three will now be placed at PKRCs

National

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today said that high-risk category 2 and 3 Covid-19 patients will now be treated at the low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs) around the country. The decision was one of several key shifts in the government’s strategy Khairy announced in a bid to rein in the virus amid growing public concern over the stubbornly high rate of daily cases and a surging fatality rate.

Khairy announces Covidnow, a detailed one-stop website for all Covid-19 information

National

The Ministry of Health today launched a simplified platform that will provide all daily information related to Covid-19 including more granular data that was previously unavailable in a bid to increase transparency, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. The website — covidnow.moh.gov.my — still employs mostly the same indicators used from the previous reporting practice, but with the addition of new and detailed information like the number of daily tests and patients treated at low-risk treatment and quarantine centres (PKRC). The ministry had also tweaked some of the denominators used previously, like reporting the number of coronavirus-related deaths based on the time of death instead of reporting only when deaths are confirmed, which had caused backlogs that drove the daily numbers up.

19,307 new cases nationwide, Sarawak highest with 3,118 on Thursday (Sept 9)

National

Malaysia recorded 19,307 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Sept 9), according to the Health Ministry. This takes the country's cumulative total to 1,919,774. Sarawak remained the state with the highest number of cases with 3,118 new infections. Selangor is second with 2,700 cases, followed by Sabah (2,298) and Penang (2,243).

97.8% of Wednesday's (Sept 8) 19,733 new cases are mild or asymptomatic infections

National

About 97.8% of the country’s latest Covid-19 cases were either mild and asymptomatic infections, says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 19,733 new cases reported on Wednesday (Sept 8), 19,304 were Category 1 and 2 infections. “Another 429 cases (2.2%) are those in Category 3, 4 and 5,” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 statement. About 91% of the new cases involved were either unvaccinated individuals (76%), or those who had not completed their vaccination dosage (15%).

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.