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.
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).
Malaysia recorded 361 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours with 102 Brought-in-Dead (BID) cases.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the fatalities comprised 301 Malaysians and 60 foreigners. BID cases involved 71 locals and 31 foreigners.
"A total of 261 deaths involved those with underlying illnesses. From the total, 191 were male and 170 female," he said, adding the country's death toll now rose to 19,163.
Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor again recorded the highest number of fatalities today with 67 cases.
The Health Ministry has detected 35 new Covid-19 clusters in the last 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said 20 of the new clusters were linked to workplace, 11 were community clusters, two high-risk groups and two from education.
He said 916 cases came from the new workplace clusters, followed by community clusters (276), high-risk groups (88) and education (28).
The workplace cluster with the highest number of Covid-19 cases is the Jalan Tasek Mutiara Tuju construction site cluster, in Penang, with 123 cases so far.
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will transition to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan on Friday (Sept 10), says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail Sabri also said that cross-district travel between Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be allowed and added that all roadblocks will be lifted in a series of posts on his official Facebook page on Wednesday (Sept 8).
There will be “good news” for the sports sector soon, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The Health Minister said that the matter was discussed and decided upon at the National Security Council’s (NSC) Covid-19 meeting.
“Good news will be announced,” Khairy said in a tweet on Wednesday (Sept 8).
Khairy was responding to a request by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, urging Khairy to allow gyms and outdoor sports facilities to reopen.
"Cinema reopened? Gyms and outdoor sports? Pls YB @Khairykj, there need be wisdom in our decisions (sic)," the Youth and Sports Minister tweeted on Wednesday.
Ahmad Faizal also tweeted that his ministry had recommended for outdoor sports and gymnasiums to be reopened.
Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) is pulling the handbrakes on reopening tomorrow until the government issues the standard operating procedures (SOP) the industry needs to comply with.
GSC told the New Straits Times that it had received notification from the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors that cinemas would not be reopened tomorrow.
"We are currently pending the full, proper SOP from the government and additionally, a selection of films are also currently undergoing censorship review.
"As such, GSC will remain closed until further notice, but as soon as we have any updates, we will make an announcement on our social media accordingly," GSC said.
Malaysia is on track to achieving the target of getting 80 per cent of its adult population fully vaccinated by month's end.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said as of yesterday, 69.6 per cent of the adult population in Malaysia (or 16,299,881 individuals) have completed their Covid-19 vaccination.
"The target of our Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) is to have 80 per cent of the adult population nationwide fully vaccinated, and 60 per cent for every state by the end of the month.
"Now, the country is on the right track and our vaccination rate has reached a commendable rate," he said in a statement.
More than 50 Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) in Kelantan have been directed to allow walk-in vaccinations
These PPVs are mostly in the Kota Baru district, and they allow locals to walk-in in an effort to expedite the state-level Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP).
Apart from schools and community halls, these walk-in PPVs are also set up at health clinics, mosques and district councils.
State Local Government, Health and Housing Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said these PPVs had begun allowing walk-ins since Sunday.
Labuan has completed 100% vaccination against Covid-19 among its adult population on Tuesday (Sept 7), according to Labuan Disaster Management Committee chairman Rithuan Ismail.
He said the island’s adult population has completed taking the two doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus.
"Furthermore, the adult population among the immigrants on the island has also been vaccinated, thus recording 100.5% of immunised adults,” he told Bernama.
Malaysia has 19,733 new cases of Covid-19, the Health Ministry reported on Wednesday (Sept 8).
This takes the country’s cumulative total of Covid-19 infections to 1,900,467.
Sarawak has the highest number of cases out of all states, with 3,100 new infections.
Selangor is second with 2,989 cases, followed by Penang (2,474) and Sabah (2,067).
Another 311 more people died from Covid-19 in Malaysia on Tuesday (Sept 7), says the Health Ministry.
This takes the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 18,802, which is 1% out of all cases.
In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 270 of the deceased were Malaysians and 41 were foreign nationals.
Selangor has the most number of deaths (55 cases), followed by Johor (53), Sabah (45), and Kedah (43).
Labuan, which has 95.4% fully vaccinated adults, saw zero death cases on Tuesday.
The country’s intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy by Covid-19 patients continues to drop, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
However, Kedah and Perak are operating above 100% of their ICU capacity as of Monday (Sept 6), he added.
In a Twitter post, he revealed that the country’s ICU usage rate was at 68%, down from 86% the previous day (Sunday, Sept 5).
Nearly all the 3,200 new Covid-19 cases reported in Sarawak on Tuesday (Sept 7) have mild to no symptoms.
The state disaster management committee said cases in Categories One (asymptomatic) and Category Two (mild symptoms) accounted for 99.75% of all cases.
"There were eight cases in Category Five (symptomatic and requiring ventilator)," it said in a statement.
The committee also said seven deaths were reported in the state including four cases of brought-in-dead (BID).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.