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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.

Ismail Sabri: CMCO to be imposed in Selangor, Putrajaya, KL and Sabah

National

The federal government has reimposed the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan for two weeks starting October 14. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to reimpose the CMCO was after obtaining recommendations from the Health Ministry following the rise in positive Covid-19 cases reported in several localities such as Klang, Petaling and Gombak.

Ismail Sabri says 663 individuals arrested for violating RMCO

National

The authorities arrested a total of 663 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 from the total number of arrests 617 individuals were compounded, 44 individuals were remanded while two others were granted bail.

PJ police chief undergoes self-quarantine

Kuala Lumpur

Having dedicated most of his time on the field to ensure the coronavirus contagion is kept in check, Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal (pix) himself has been ordered to undergo self-quarantine after being exposed to a Covid-19-positive person. It is learnt that Nik Ezanee who was involved in a joint-meeting on Friday to plan the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at the Tropicana Golf and Country Resort’s workers’ hostel had come into close contact with a security guard of the golf course who tested positive for the virus.

Apple reseller Machines confirms employee at Mid Valley outlet tested positive

Kuala Lumpur

Apple reseller Machines has confirmed that one of their employees at their Mid Valley outlet tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday (Oct 12). They said that the employee had not been at work since clocking out on Oct 8, and had informed them of Covid-19 cases in the block of flats where he lives, adding that arrangements were immediately made for his testing and self-quarantine.

Police: At least 23 occupants of Tropicana golf resort’s worker dorms test positive for Covid-19

National

The police confirmed today that at least 23 employees who reside at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort’s dormitory for workers have tested positive for Covid-19. Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal told reporters this morning that 12 more employees had joined the list of 11 individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 on October 11 after being screened. "We just received information from the Health Ministry that another 12 tested positive as of this morning,” he was quoted as saying by news portal Astro Awani.

Inmate with Covid-19 stays in separate cells from the previous 18 cases

P.Pinang

The 19th inmate inside the Penang Remand Prison, confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 yesterday, was in a different cell from the previous 18 inmates. Its director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said the inmate was staying in a separate cell but in the same block as the 18 confirmed cases. A 85-year-old inmate died on Oct 5. "Another inmate was confirmed positive yesterday and he was staying in a separate cell with the other positive cases.

Ministers who attended PMO’s special meeting cleared of Covid-19

National

The Health Ministry has confirmed that all the attendees who were present at the special National Security Council meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office on October 3 have since tested negative for Covid-19. Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the attendees have gone through the necessary screenings and tests.

Police add two more roadblocks in Klang Mukim

Selangor

Police have added two more roadblocks in Klang Mukim (sub-district) following the enforcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in the area. In a statement, South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said the two additional locations are at Taman Sentosa (road to Perdana Villa) and Jalan Sungai Udang, Kampung Delek from 4 pm.

Full list of 298 Petaling schools ordered to close tomorrow

Selangor

Almost 300 schools in Petaling have been ordered to close beginning tomorrow (Mon) until Oct 25 after the district was declared a Covid-19 red zone by the Health Ministry. The Education Ministry, in a statement today, said the schools encompassed all government primary and secondary schools as well as private schools registered with the ministry.

Make use of all tools available, not just lockdowns — The Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) Advisory Council

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is currently faced with the third wave of Covid-19 cases and hence it is crucial that containment policies are informed by the latest scientific tools and innovations available to ensure that their policies are the best practices at hand, not just blunt and damaging tools such as lockdowns, but complementary tools, which are friendly to both lives and livelihoods, such as large-scale and frequent population-level testing strategy.

Health Ministry: Expect more cases in the next few days

National

The Health Ministry predicts a hike in Covid-19 cases in the next two to three days due to active public health measures being undertaken, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. The Health director-general, however, assured that the ministry and other related agencies would continue with proven strategies to flatten the curve, and hoped the numbers would improve within the next two to three weeks, particularly in Sabah.

After BSC, another retail staff tests positive for Covid-19 in Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens

Kuala Lumpur

Two shopping malls located within Mid Valley City — The Gardens Mall (TGM) and Mid Valley Megamall (MVM) — has said today it has ordered three outlets to close until further notice after one of its retail staff tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the shopping mall management said the aforementioned staff was an employee of London Sales Cosmetics Sdn Bhd (LSC) that operated Origani and Élévatione Time Stops in TGM and Surreal by Élévatione Time Stops in MVM.

Five more clusters detected today - Health D-G

National

Another five new Covid-19 clusters were detected in the country today, namely three in Sabah and once each in the Federal Territory of Labuan and Selangor. Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the three new clusters in Sabah were the Kasih Cluster, the Surat Cluster and the Khazanah Cluster, with the Bah Bundle Cluster in Labuan, and the Sungei Way Cluster in Selangor.

Bangsar Shopping Centre outlet staff latest to test positive for Covid-19, mall to close early for sanitisation

Kuala Lumpur

Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) said it will temporarily close today to undertake sanitisation procedures after a staff member at an outlet tested positive for Covid-19. In light of the newest development, BSC’s management also said the outlet has immediately closed its doors and ordered all staff to undergo Covid-19 testing in accordance with the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure.

Five new Covid-19 clusters discovered in Malaysia, says Dr Noor Hisham

National

The Ministry of Health today discovered five new Covid-19 clusters, said Director-General of Health Malaysia Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The new clusters are the Kasih, Surat and Khazanh clusters in Sabah, the Sungei Way cluster in Selangor and the Bah Bundle cluster in Labuan. The new clusters collectively have 94 active cases between them.

Armed Forces field hospital for non-Covid-19 cases in Sabah to start next week

National

The field hospital to be set-up by the Malaysian Armed Forces for treatment of non-Covid-19 cases in Tawau, Sabah, is expected to commence its operation next week. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government together with the Defence Ministry was in the process of mobilising all resources needed for the operation of the field hospital.

561 new cases, two deaths, five more clusters emerge - Health DG

National

The number of new Covid-19 infections in the country jumped to 561 cases overnight compared to 374 cases yesterday, with two deaths reported, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said. This brings the infection tally to 15,657 with 4,587 active cases, he said, adding that five new clusters were also identified.

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.

Director says 320 Penang remand prison staff test negative for Covid-19

P.Pinang

All 320 Penang Remand Prison staff who have undergone the first Covid-19 screening since October 5 have been confirmed to be free of the virus. Its director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said the results of the screening found that all the prison staff were free of Covid-19 symptoms. “All (320) of my staff are carrying out their duties as usual at the moment,” he told Bernama after receiving Phase 1 of the contribution of essential items for the Remand Prison by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Penang, today.

Two Pasir Gudang markets to be closed from Oct 12-17, says municipal council

Johor

Two public markets in Pasir Gudang, near here, will be temporarily closed starting tomorrow as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19. Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) announced the closure of the Pasar Awam Masai and Pasar Muafakat Sabah @ Johor from October 12 to 17, via a notification posted on its Facebook page today.

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital ICU operating as usual

National

Services at the Intensive Care Unit of Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Sabah continue as usual with the number of patients declining from eight to six, after one of the nurses was tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct 6. Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 92 medical personnel in the hospital were screened on Oct 9 where another nurse who was in close contact with the index case, was also tested positive, while the rest were tested negative.

Kelantan police issue 819 compounds for flouting SOPs

Kelantan

The Kelantan police has issued 819 compounds until yesterday over non-compliance of the standard operating procedure (SOPs) since the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in March and the recovery movement control order (RMCO) from June. Kelantan police chief, DCP Shafien Mamat said, of the total, 212 compounds were issued from October until yesterday for various offences including not wearing a face mask in a public place.

Ismail Sabri: Authorities arrest 674 yesterday for violating RMCO, nightlife places still highest

National

The authorities have arrested 674 people yesterday for violating various regulations under the recovery movement control order (RMCO), said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Out of people that were arrested yesterday, 583 were compounded while 91 others were remanded, said Ismail.

No new positive cases recorded in Sarawak today, Lawas back to ‘green’, says SDMC

Sarawak

No new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the state today, making the cumulative total of cases remain at 751, revealed the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). Meanwhile, Lawas returned to a green zone today after no new local Covid-19 transmissions were detected or reported in the past 14 days. This leaves Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Lubok Antu districts as yellow zones, with a total of 12 local transmission cases reported.

2 residential areas in Lahad Datu district under EMCO

Sabah

The two residential areas in the Lahad Datu district will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting 12.01am on Oct 13 until Oct 26. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the two residential areas were Taman Khazanah Indah and the Mutiara Kasih People's Housing Project (PPR). The Senior Defence Minister added a total of 5,452 residents would be affected by the EMCO.

Six Taiping schools to close for a week

Perak

Six schools in the Larut Matang Selama (LMS) District in Taiping will be closed for a week beginning tomorrow after Covid-19 cases were detected involving school staff. The affected schools are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) King Edward VII; SMK (P) Treacher Methodist; SMK Bukit Jana; Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Jana; SK Convent Kota and SK Ulu Mengkuang.

Getting safe vaccines a priority, says biotech institute chief

National

With pre-orders already made by developed countries for at least 5.7 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, Malaysia is focusing on securing supplies that are safe and effective first before addressing whether to make them available for free. National Institutes of Biotechnology chairman Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid said the government was focused on securing the supplies first to ensure vulnerable groups, which make up 20 per cent of the population, get the coverage needed in a timely manner.

Kota Marudu Hospital to treat Covid-19 cases in Sabah - Health DG

Sabah

The Kota Marudu Hospital in Sabah has become another hospital designated to treat Covid-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number to seven, said Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah. In a Facebook posting, he said these hospitals with a capacity of 946 beds are designated to handle Covid-19 cases that require intensive care (category three to five) in the state.

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.