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New daily cases drop below 3,000 mark, with 2,342 reported on Monday (Jan 17)

National

There were 2,342 new Covid-19 infections reported in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 17), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says this brings the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,810,669 cases since the pandemic began. He added that a more detailed breakdown of Monday's daily infections would be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

3,010 new cases bring total to 2,808,347

National

The Health Ministry reported 3,010 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 16). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,808,347. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

Clear guidelines will be set for hefty new maximum compounds, says Dr Noor Hisham

National

The hefty maximum RM1mil and RM10,000 compounds imposed on organisations and individuals, respectively, will be clearly spelled out, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said amendments to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342) will allow for the maximum compounds to be increased from the current RM1,000. He said guidelines for the maximum compounds would be clearly spelled out in the amendments.

Amendment to Infectious Diseases Act cannot wait for next Parliament sitting, more Covid-19 threats looming

National

Amendments to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) can’t wait to be tabled and passed in the next Parliament sitting, which is six months away, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today. In a press conference detailing some of the amendments proposed by the Health Ministry, Dr Noor Hisham said that this was because Malaysia is still in danger of increased Covid-19 infections in coming months. “This is for our readiness to face a possible increase of cases in two or three months or cases involving new variants such as Omicron spreading in our country,” he said during the press conference that was held in the ministry at Putrajaya.

New UMS cluster contributes to spike in Sabah cases

Sabah

A new cluster involving a hostel student in Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) saw Sabah’s cases spike to 232 cases Tuesday (Dec 14). State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said that the index case of the Puncak Ilmu cluster was a male student living at the hostel. He said that a total of 40 students and UMS staff in close contact with the student were also tested positive for Covid-19.

Another 4,097 cases for 2,699,240 cumulative total

National

There have been 4,097 new Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday (Dec 14). In a tweet on Tuesday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that this brought the cumulative total to 2,699,240 cases.

97.8% of new cases in Categories One and Two, says Health DG

National

A total of 3,428 (97.8%) of the 3,504 new Covid-19 cases recorded on Monday (Dec 13) are in Categories One and Two, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said in a statement that 2.2% or 76 new infections were in categories three, four and five, adding that 408 cases are being treated in intensive care units (ICU) while 206 cases require respiratory assistance. "There were 4,401 recoveries today, bringing the cumulative number of recovered cases to 2,606,309," added Dr Noor Hisham.

Research on Malaysia's Covid-19 vaccine at proof of concept stage, Dewan Rakyat told

National

Research and development of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine is still at the proof of concept stage, the Dewan Rakyat was told. Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim said the mRNA vaccine candidate would undergo various complex laboratory tests in an in-vitro transcription process. The inactivated vaccine, meanwhile, is in the process of rendering the selected viruses inactive, with special substances such as adjuvants (substances used to improve the potency of certain drugs) to be added to enhance the immune response.

Daily infections drop below 4,000 mark for second day in a row with 3,504 new cases

National

The Health Ministry reported 3,504 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Dec 13), the second day in a row where less than 4,000 daily infections were reported. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, in a tweet, that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,695,143. More details on the daily cases will be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

Omicron variant detected among 298 new VOC cases reported between Nov 19-Dec 8

National

A total of 298 new Covid-19 Variants of Concern (VOC) cases were reported between Nov 19 and Dec 8 this year, says the Health Ministry. Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in the ministry’s daily Covid-19 update on Saturday (Dec 11) said the variants comprise Delta (B.1.617.2), Beta (B.1.1351), and one case of Omicron (B.1.1.529). The 298 cases were identified by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), University Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine (FOM-UM), the Integrative Pharmacogenomics Institute (iPROMISE), the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC), and Hospital Universiti Putra Malaysia (HPUPM).

663 samples collected for study on use of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 3-11

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has so far collected 663 samples nationwide for studies to determine if the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine is suitable to be given to chidren aged between three and 11. Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said the studies, sponsored by Sinovac Life Sciences Company Limited, China, is being conducted in nine hospitals nationwide, including at the Sibu Hospital and Miri Hospital in Sarawak, and involves a total of 2,000 children. He said that of the 663 samples, 508 were from Sarawak, and that the initial findings of the study could be obtained between six months and a year.

Covid-19 vaccinations available at mobile clinic, says Sandakan health officer

Sabah

Those who have yet to get their Covid-19 vaccinations in Sandakan are urged to get vaccinated at the Sandakan mobile health office clinic. Sandakan Health Officer Dr Johari Awang Besar said the mobile clinic, which is actually a modified truck, offers comfortable facilities for vaccine recipients, including a bed and air conditioning, and also provides booster shots. Those who have missed their second vaccination appointments are also encouraged to get vaccinated at the mobile clinic. “The mobile clinic, launched on October 23, moves around daily, targeting areas with many visitors. “The public has the choice of being vaccinated at the Duchess of Kent Hospital or the nearest health or community clinic or can also visit our mobile clinic,” he told reporters after officiating the Sandakan-level World AIDS programme here today.

4,626 new cases bring total to 2,688,149

National

The Health Ministry reported 4,626 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Dec 11). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,688,149. The number of new cases according to states will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

5,058 new daily cases bring cumulative total to 2,683,523

National

Malaysia reported 5,058 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Dec 10), says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. This brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 2,683,523 since the pandemic began. The number of new cases according to state and other detailed information will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal at midnight.

National

New daily cases drop below 3,000 mark, with 2,342 reported on Monday (Jan 17)

National

There were 2,342 new Covid-19 infections reported in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 17), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says this brings the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,810,669 cases since the pandemic began. He added that a more detailed breakdown of Monday's daily infections would be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

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

Selangor to give 157,000 Covid-19 booster shots for free from tomorrow, says MB

Selangor

A total of 157,000 Covid-19 vaccine booster shots would be given for free to Selangor residents beginning tomorrow under the SelVax Booster Programme, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari. He said residents aged 18 and above and who had received two doses of vaccine could get the booster jab via walk-in to the nearest Selcare clinic. “The list of the Selcare clinics involved in the SelVax Booster Programme is available on the website, https://selcareclinic.com/our-clinic/ or via the SELangkah application,” he said at a news conference, here, today.

Johor

ohor cops nab 35 for violating NRP SOPs, compound notices totalling RM195,000 issued

Johor

A total of 35 people, including nine women, were slapped with compound notices totalling RM195,000 for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) at an entertainment centre in Taman Kempas Utama, Kempas, here. Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Rupeah Abd Wahid said that all of the individuals, comprising 26 men and nine women, aged between 17 and 42 years old, were found to be in violation of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. "The suspects were arrested during a joint raid conducted by the Johor Baru North District Police and the Johor Police Contingent Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7) at about 12.05am on Sunday (Oct 31).

Perak

Perak detects second Omicron case, involving umrah pilgrim

Perak

Perak has detected the second case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the state, involving an individual who returned after performing the umrah pilgrimage. State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the individual tested positive while undergoing quarantine at home. "The case is under control. The screening test on close contacts turned out to be negative. However, further observation and monitoring will still be done," he told reporters after closing the state-level National Environment Day celebration today.

P.Pinang

Frontliners cheer as Penang mega PPV officially shutters

P.Pinang

While the frontliners in the Penang mega vaccination centre (PPV) donned their face masks, their smiles and joy could be felt as they celebrated the closure of the PPV at Setia Spice Arena here today. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who officiated the closure of the mega PPV, announced that 100 per cent of Penang’s adult population had already received their second Covid-19 vaccine shot. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone’s commitment here in ensuring the safety and security of the state and our people,” he said in his speech.

Kedah

162 teachers in Kedah still not vaccinated

Kedah

A total of 162 or 0.1% of the 30,000 teachers in Kedah have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. State Religion, Education and Human Resource Committee chairman Datuk Najmi Ahmad said these unvaccinated primary and secondary school teachers were not allowed to teach students face-to-face. "Teachers who have not been vaccinated still need to attend school but will be placed in a separate place to ensure the health and safety of students and other teachers. "I'm not sure why they haven't taken the vaccine yet. Maybe it's because of their own perception of the vaccine, or fear of being vaccinated because of negative news on social media," he said after handing over tablet donation from Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) to 70 secondary school students in Kedah at Dewan Seri Mentaloon here.

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

EMCO in Felda Jengka 25 in Temerloh from tomorrow

Pahang

The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be implemented in Felda Jengka 25, Temerloh in Pahang from tomorrow (December 28) till January 10. National Security Council director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad announced the decision after studying the presentation of the Health Ministry on the Covid-19 risk evaluation and infection trend at the locality. “The standard operating procedure (SOP) for all EMCO is the same as announced earlier,” he said in a statement today.

Kelantan

Poor response to Covid-19 vaccine booster dose in Kelantan, says state Health Dept

Kelantan

The Kelantan Health Department said only 90,316 individuals or 7.3 per cent of the state’s 1.2 million adults who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have taken their booster doses. Its director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the booster dose take-up rates were still low in Kelantan. In Kota Baru district, only 47,943 individuals or 12.19 per cent of the 393,000 vaccinated adults have received their booster shot, followed by Tumpat (5,466 out of 122,900 adults) and Pasir Mas (7,344 out of 151,900 adults). “We hope those who are eligible would quickly go for their booster shots.

Terengganu

Only one case of fake vax certificates being sold in Terengganu, says Bukit Aman

Terengganu

Bukit Aman has detected only one case of selling fake vaccine certificates so far in Terengganu, says Comm Datuk Kamarudin Md Din. The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director said a 51-year-old medical practitioner was arrested in that case, where he sold vaccine certificates without administering the vaccine. "The suspect has been remanded until Wednesday (Jan 12) to assist the investigation. "So far there is only one case but we are gathering actionable intelligence and monitoring the situation closely to detect if there are individuals or groups selling fake vaccine certificates," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 11).

Melaka

UiTM student Residential Colleges ordered to close for 10 days due to Covid-19 case

Melaka

Several student Residential Colleges at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Lendu in Alor Gajah have been ordered to close for 10 days beginning on Thrusday (Nov 11) after a student was found to be Covid-19 positive in preliminary screening. Melaka Health director Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman said the closure notice was issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 after the detection of the positive case and eight symptomatic students. "The Alor Gajah District Health Office (PKD) was notified by the UiTM Clinic at 2pm on Tuesday (Nov 9) that the student was found Covid-19 positive through Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) screening while eight others had upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTI).

N.Sembilan

Three Omicron cases detected in Negeri Sembilan

N.Sembilan

Three cases of Covid-19 of the Omicron variant have been detected in Negeri Sembilan of yesterday and they were all import cases involving three women who returned from abroad. State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Action Committee chairman S. Veerapan said the first case involved a 28-year-old who arrived from Ireland through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last Dec 15. The case, who was asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, was screened at the KLIA entrance and was required to wear the digital detector surveillance bracelet and in quarantine at home in Seremban, he told Bernama here today.

Labuan

New SOP for domestic, international ships to Labuan starting Friday

Labuan

The National Security Council (NSC) has approved a revised standard operating procedure (SOP) for the entry of domestic and international ships into Labuan waters beginning Sept 24. Labuan NSC director Mohd Hafiez Mohd Daud said under the SOP, only fully vaccinated Malaysian ship crew members with negative results of real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or RTK-Antigen Saliva tests onboard are allowed to enter this duty-free island via a shore leave procedure (not for overnight stay on land). "The crew manifest entry document must be submitted to the Labuan Health Department three days prior to arrival, and the crew’s health declaration must be made known to the healthcare personnel upon arrival at the Labuan Port,” he said on Wednesday (Sept 22).

Sabah

New cluster with one Omicron variant case detected in Labuan

Sabah

A new Covid-19 cluster has emerged in Labuan over the past 24 hours, recording 13 cases with one of them being Omicron variant. Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the cluster dubbed Jalan OKK Awang Besar Saudi was triggered by an Umrah pilgrim who returned to the island on Dec 21 last year and had interacted with several family members and other individuals. Dr Ismuni said the Covid-19 Omicron variant patient was currently undergoing quarantine alongside other family members.

Sarawak

Sarawak to vaccinate children aged 3 to 11 from Feb 1

Sarawak

Sarawak is expected to begin vaccinating children aged three to 11 against Covid-19 from next month, says deputy chief minister Dr Sim Kui Hian. He said the state government had made preparations for the vaccinations as the state moves to Phase 4 of the NRP on Monday (Jan 3).