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15 new cases, including nine from new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah

National

Malaysia saw 15 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, nine of which were from a new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raises the total tally to 9,129, of which 183 are currently active. “There were four new recoveries bringing the total to 8,821 or a 96.6 per cent recovery rate. No new deaths were reported, with the total number of fatalities staying at 125,” he said.

Ismail Sabri: Sivagangga cluster ‘Patient Zero’ jailed five months and fined

National

The person responsible for the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster in Kedah was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM12,000, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed today. The defence minister said the authorities viewed the transgression seriously in a stern warning to the public amid growing concern over the emergence of new clusters as the government has eased restrictions. “PDRM has taken action against an individual in the Sivagangga cluster for failure to remain under home quarantine,” the defence minister said during a press conference held in the Parliament building here.

Cops nab 330 people for social distancing offence

National

Police nabbed 330 individuals on Friday (July 25) for being involved in activities in a crowded space where social distancing could not be observed, says Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. "Of this figure, 23 individuals have been remanded, three were released on bail, while 304 others were served with compound notices," he said on Satuday (July 25).

State Health Dept denies viral WhatsApp message of Melaka Sentral Covid-19 case

Melaka

The Melaka Health Department has denied a viral WhatsApp message claiming that foreign nationals who are Covid-19 positive were at the Melaka Sentral bus terminal on Friday (July 24). "The voice recordings and images that went viral on WhatsApp were taken at random by unknown individuals, however, the Melaka Health Department would like to clarify that the content of the voice recording involved is not true," said State Health director Dr Ismail Ali in a statement on Saturday (July 24)

Police to arrest 2,897 people who failed to show up for second Covid-19 test

National

Starting Monday, police will arrest and prosecute 2,897 people who failed to show up for their second Covid-19 test on the 13th day of their compulsory home quarantine. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said individuals placed under the mandatory home quarantine had been instructed to contact the nearest health district office for a second Covid-19 test.

RMCO: Govt to tighten SOP again

National

The government has agreed to further tighten the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which has been relaxed following the implementation of the Recovery MCO (RMCO). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob said decision was made following concerns over the rise in Covid-19 cases during the recent weeks. "Basically, the decision was agreed upon at today's Special Ministerial Meeting on the implementation of the MCO.

Three new clusters detected, says Health DG

National

he bulk of the Covid-19 cases recorded on Friday (July 24) were from the Sentosa cluster in Sarawak with three new clusters detected. Of the 21 new cases, eight cases were linked to this cluster, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic). He also said three new clusters have been identified - the Elsa cluster, Ramnad PUI (persons under investigation) cluster and the Al Khobar PUI cluster.

Health D-G announces three more new Covid-19 clusters in Malaysia

National

he Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced three new Covid-19 clusters today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced the Elsa cluster, the PUI Ramnad cluster and the PUI Al Khobar cluster. PUI is the acronym for Person Under Investigation. “This cluster index case is of a Malaysian citizen who returned to Malaysia from India on July 6 (Case 8,817). A Covid-19 screening at KLIA was found to be negative. He followed the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) and started experiencing mild symptoms on July 19.

Dr Noor Hisham: 21 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia today, zero deaths

National

Malaysia recorded 21 fresh Covid-19 cases today, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. The director-general of the Ministry of Health (MOH) posted the latest statistics on his official Facebook page. Dr Noor Hisham said that there were no new deaths reported as of noon today.

'Move to make masks mandatory laudable, by clarification needed'

National

The government's move to make the wearing of face masks mandatory in selected public areas will bring Covid-19 cases down to previous low levels. Chairman of Alliance for Safe Community, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said most Malaysians would welcome the move, which takes effect on Aug 1. However, some members of the public still refuse to wear the protective apparel, even where social distancing is difficult, such as on buses, trains, and airplanes, or at food markets and supermarkets.

Ismail Sabri: 227 held for MCO violation on Thursday (July 23)

National

A total of 227 people were detained for violating the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said 164 people were issued with compounds on Thursday (July 23) while 62 were remanded and another was granted police bail. "All of them were involved with activities that hampered social distancing," he said in a statement on Friday (July 24).

Incoming travellers to undergo quarantine at designated centres from Friday (July 24), says Ismail Sabri

National

All incoming travellers into Malaysia will undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival starting Friday (July 24), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said the travellers will have to undergo the 14-day compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine stations."The ruling for compulsory quarantine starts today," he said in a statement on Friday.

Continue practising self regulation, Ismail Sabri reminds Malaysians

National

The people and business operators have been urged to continue practising self regulation including observing social distancing when in public places. The reminder came from Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) entered its 43rd day yesterday (July 23).

51-year-old man fined RM1,000 for defying quarantine order

Perak

A 51-year-old man under Covid-19 home quarantine was arrested at an eatery in Kampung Jering, Ayer Tawar, here, yesterday. District police chief Assistant Commissioner Nor Omar Sappi said the man who had a pink wristband, indicating that he had undergone checks for coronavirus infection, was spotted wandering at the eatery.

Shops may turn away mask-less patrons

National

Malaysians who do not wear face masks in public when the mandatory mask ruling comes into force on Aug 1 could be turned away from restaurants and malls. Several business operators told the New Straits Times that they might have to turn customers away if operators were penalised for their customers' non-compliance.

Call for sterner action against returnees flouting home quarantine

National

TWO experts want sterner action against overseas returnees who flout home quarantine standard operating procedures (SOP), including heftier fines and mandatory imprisonment. Virologist Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Lam Sai Kit said because these people are irresponsible and pose a health threat to the public, they should face the full force of the law.

Malaysians ignoring SOPs at own peril

National

The Health Ministry has warned that Malaysia will see a spike in Covid-19 cases if the public continue to ignore the standard operating procedures (SOPs) despite the current low number of active cases. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the infectivity rate, or R0 (R-naught), was at 1.36 in the country.

'Face masks must be three-layered, and cover nose and mouth'

National

The usage of non-medical face masks must follow criteria and recommendations set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in welcoming the government's move to make the wearing of face masks mandatory, said the WHO recommends that fabric or cloth face masks should consist of three layers.

Nine new cases, bringing total to 8,840, no new deaths

National

Malaysia recorded nine new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (July 23), bringing the total infections in the country to 8,840. Out of the nine new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said three were imported cases involving a Malaysian and two non-citizens. Dr Noor Hisham added that the remaining six cases were local transmissions, involving four Malaysians and two foreigners.

Sarawak records four new cases on Thursday (July 23)

Sarawak

Sarawak reported four new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (July 23), including three related to existing clusters in the state. The state disaster management committee said all four cases were reported in Kuching, bringing the state's tally of confirmed infections to 632. It said three of the cases were detected from contact tracing of active clusters.

Comply with SOPs or face stern action, restaurant owners told

National

Restaurants and eateries that fail to comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19 will face stern action. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said social distancing should be observed at all times and restaurants and eateries were given the flexibility to implement the SOPs based on the size of the tables as well as space of the premises.

Mandatory quarantine begins Friday (July 24) for all travellers coming to M'sia

National

All incoming travellers into Malaysia will have to undergo mandatory quarantine starting Friday (July 24), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister reminded the public that the ruling applied to both Malaysians and non-citizens who had been allowed to come into the country, with the full cost having to be borne by the returnees.

Ismail Sabri: Children below 12 allowed to share room with parents at quarantine centres

National

The government will allow children aged 12 and below to share a room with their parents at designated quarantine stations on the condition they had all returned from the same place, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. However, to be eligible for this room-sharing exemption, they would first have to sign a consent letter, he said.

Construction chemical-maker Sika sees COVID-19 recovery starting

National

Swiss chemicals maker Sika said on Thursday it was seeing an improvement in construction markets and sales volumes after its business was hit in the first half by the coronavirus shutdown and a stronger Swiss franc. The company, whose products are used to strengthen and waterproof building materials, said it expected better market conditions in the second half and said operating profit would rise at a faster rate than sales.

Mandatory face mask in public transport, crowded areas beginning Aug 1

National

he government has made it mandatory for the public to wear face masks in public transportations and other crowded public areas effective August. Senior Minister (Securit Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said the decision was made in view of the increasing number of new Covid-19 cases in the country in the past week. “The Health Ministry had informed that this is due to increasing non-compliance of government standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Face mask ceiling price set at RM1.20 beginning Aug 15

National

The ceiling price for face masks will be reduced to RM1.20 from RM1.50 per unit beginning Aug 15, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi. He said the wholesale price for the product would also be reduced from the current RM1.45 per unit to RM1.15 from the same date.

Face mask ceiling prices to be lowered as Putrajaya mulls making usage mandatory

National

The wholesale and retail ceiling prices of face masks will be reduced beginning August 15, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry announced today. Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said this in his Parliament in reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Sri Rohani Abdul Karim (Batang Lupar-GPS) on the rationale of the new price announcement by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba last week.

Carnival organiser in Bertam fined for violating MCO guidelines

P.Pinang

he organiser of the Mahabbah@Aidiladha Carnival beside a hypermarket in Bertam has been slapped with RM1,000 fine after he was found to have broken almost all the standard movement control order (MCO) guidelines. "The 48-year-old operator failed to prepare dedicated entry and exit points or ensure sufficient social distancing at the venue.

EC staff in Sarawak tests positive for Covid-19

Sarawak

The Election Commision (EC) office in Sarawak has been temporarily closed after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19. The temporary closure started on Monday (July 20) and will end on Aug 2 (Sunday), said EC secretary Ikmalrudin Ishak today.

Reduce prices of face masks before making them mandatory: Fomca

National

THE government must ensure face masks are affordable if it wants to make wearing them in public areas mandatory, says Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca). Commenting on the prime minister’s special address on Monday in which he said the government was considering making mask usage compulsory, Fomca president Marimuthu Nadason said should this be implemented, the government must cap mask prices low enough that it would not be a burden to people.

National

15 new cases, including nine from new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah

National

Malaysia saw 15 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, nine of which were from a new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raises the total tally to 9,129, of which 183 are currently active. “There were four new recoveries bringing the total to 8,821 or a 96.6 per cent recovery rate. No new deaths were reported, with the total number of fatalities staying at 125,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur

Dr Noor Hisham: Lembah Pantai student and 54 close contacts cleared of Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur

The Ministry of Health (MOH) today said the student in Lembah Pantai who was alleged to have tested positive for Covid-19 in a recent viral message was given the all-clear sign. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press conference today said that the Form Five student has been tested twice for Covid-19 and the results came out negative. “The student was tested twice and on both occasions, the results came out negative.

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

PJ police intensify checks for SOP violators

Selangor

Police will intensify spot checks and surveillance in public areas following the surge in Covid-19 cases. Petaling Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the move was to ensure full compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). He said police teams would be sent to the ground to conduct random checks on restaurants, among others.

Johor

Immigration Dept ready for Aug 17 Johor-Singapore border reopening

Johor

The Johor Immigration Department is fully prepared to handle traffic across Johor Strait again next Monday when Malaysia and Singapore begin the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel. Its director Baharuddin Tahir said applications for the conditional scheme for both the RGL and PCA on August 17, 18 and 18 are fully taken up. “We will only allow 400 a week or 50 or 60 people a day for RGL which is open to all nationalities and 2,000 people a day under the PCA which is for Malaysian and Singaporean citizens only.

Perak

Perak NGO to have food distribution programme to assist B40 affected by Covid-19

Perak

The lives of many have drastically changed following the Covid-19 pandemic, complicated by the necessary implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which saw many lose their jobs. With this in mind, non-governmental organisation Perak Women for Women (PWW) is starting a food distribution programme to assist those affected especially those in the B40 category. PWW co-founder Yip Siew Keen said the organisation had been deluged with calls from the people asking for help following the MCO.

P.Pinang

Penang sees higher hotel occupancy rates as sign of tourism recovery

P.Pinang

Rising occupancy rates at hotels here indicate the state’s tourism sector was gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said most hotels have reported occupancy rates of between 78 per cent and 100 per cent, especially on weekends. Chow said this was an encouraging sign for the tourism sector’s recovery.

Kedah

Cops nab couple for leaving village under TEMCO in Kedah

Kedah

A married couple left their village in Kedah placed under the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) to come to this town but turned back half way ― only to be arrested by the police when they got home. The couple, in their 50s, left Kampung Ulu in Padang Sanai near here on a motorcycle at about 5.30pm on August 5 via a rat trail (smugglers’ route) after removing their Covid-19 wristbands, Padang Terap District Police chief DSP Mulkiaman Manzar said today. He said they were not at home when staff of the Padang Terap Health Office called on their home as part of the TEMCO inspection.

Perlis

Students attendance drops below 50% in Perlis

Perlis

Student attendance in Perlis schools has dropped below 50%, following parents’ concern over the Covid-19 outbreak linked to the Sivagangga Cluster in Kuala Sanglang. State Education Committee chairman Roziena Ahmad said this drop was also after the authorities enforced the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in Kampung Tanah Timbul and Kampung Kuala Sanglang last Saturday.

Pahang

Cops say only 1,000 visitors allowed at Teluk Cempedak at any one time on weekends

Pahang

Effective today, the number of visitors to Teluk Cempedak beach is limited to 1,000 people at any one time on weekends to ensure public compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) on physical distancing. Kuantan District Police chief ACP Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the implementation of the new SOP will take effect from 10am to 10pm on Friday to Sunday, with each visitor is required to take a visitor’s card at any of the three entry points to the popular beach.

Kelantan

Kelantan, Sabah allow 40 people to perform Friday prayers at mosques

Kelantan

The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V has consented for Friday prayers to be performed at all mosques in the state beginning this Friday (June 5) with a congregation of 40 people. Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIK) president Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz said the individuals would include imam, young imam, bilal, siak, members of the mosque committee and selected locals, after obtaining permission from state mufti and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Terengganu

Two children, teacher in Terengganu undergo quarantine after Kedah trip

Terengganu

Two children and a pre-school teacher of Taska Permata under the Terengganu Family Development Foundation (YPKT) are voluntarily undergoing home quarantine after returning from Aidiladha celebration in Kubang Pasu, Kedah. State Welfare, Women and Family Development, and National Unity Committee chairman Hanafiah Mat said the children and the teacher were not related to the Sivagangga Cluster, and the quarantine was just a precautionary measure taken after they have undergone health screenings at nearby clinics.

Melaka

State Health Dept denies viral WhatsApp message of Melaka Sentral Covid-19 case

Melaka

The Melaka Health Department has denied a viral WhatsApp message claiming that foreign nationals who are Covid-19 positive were at the Melaka Sentral bus terminal on Friday (July 24). "The voice recordings and images that went viral on WhatsApp were taken at random by unknown individuals, however, the Melaka Health Department would like to clarify that the content of the voice recording involved is not true," said State Health director Dr Ismail Ali in a statement on Saturday (July 24)

N.Sembilan

24 new Usim students from Sarawak, Kedah placed under Covid-19 quarantine, says housing director

N.Sembilan

Twenty-four new Tamhidi (Foundation) students of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) for the 2020/2021 session, all of whom are from Sarawak and Kedah, are being placed under a two-week quarantine at the university’s residential colleges here following the latest development of Covid-19 in the two states. Usim Student Housing Centre director Mohd Salehudin Syukor said of the total, five were from Kuching, Sarawak, and the rest were from Kubang Pasu, Kedah.

Labuan

Labuan Covid-19 check for new students

Labuan

The Labuan Health Department is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the over 2,000 new students coming to the Labuan Matriculation College here are free from Covid-19. Its director, Dr Ismuni Bohari, said the team from the department will screen the students just like it does all other passengers coming to the island via ferries and through the airport.

Sabah

Sabah tightens SOP as cases increase

Sabah

Sabah has decided to tighten standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) to control the spread of Covid-19 following the rise in the number of cases in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the Sabah State Health Department report showed that the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases on July 25 was 384 and increased to 402 cases on August 4, that is an increase of 18 cases.

Sarawak

SDMC: No quarantine for civil servants, business people travelling to Sarawak on official duty

Sarawak

Civil servants and business individuals travelling from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan through the Kuching International Airport will only be required to show their QR Code exemption or official duty directive letters upon arrival effective from today until August 31. In announcing the decision today, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said they would also be required to fill up the electronic health declaration form (e-HDF) and undergo compulsory swab test, but they would not be required to wear wristbands or be quarantined.