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).
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.
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.
Many restaurant owners have adapted to new norms and put all necessary standard operating procedures (SOP) in place.
Customers have also been careful to comply with all new rules, such as temperature scanning, screening of details and physical distancing.
Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) president Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan said its members had observed significant improvements in terms of people adhering to the SOP, so much so that it had become a habit for most.
No school teacher or student in Kelantan has tested positive for Covid-19.
Kelantan Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said that all five infections detected in the state on Oct 7 are close contacts of Sabah returnees, and none is linked to schools.
He was commenting on fears expressed by parents over a rise in Covid-19 cases in Kelantan, which has led to school closures.
Three schools here have been closed with immediate effect after several Covid-19 positive cases were detected in the district.
The Kedah Education Department said the schools are SMK Baling, SMK Bukit Payong and SK Bukit Pak Kiau.
All teachers, administration staff and students have been ordered to undergo home quarantine and abide by the standard operating procedures outlined by the authorities.
An opposition leader here has called on one of Sabah's three Deputy Chief Ministers to take charge in strengthening the state healthcare system amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament Chan Foong Hin said the healthcare system must remain stable during tough times, and a Deputy Chief Minister should be prepared to temporarily take over the duties of the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor is currently receiving treatment in hospital for Covid-19.
There is congestion at indoor hospital wards here due to increased cases and screening, said Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, today.
She said hospital management need to open additional wards inside and outside.
"This adds burden to healthcare staff who need to work fulltime to treat a large number of patients," she said in a statement.
Three more prisoners who tested positive for Covid-19 at the Penang Remand Prison yesterday are those placed in the same cell as the inmate who died from the disease on Oct 5.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said there were 26 prisoners in the cell, and after the prison received information that the inmate who died was Covid-19 positive the remaining 25 were immediately isolated and quarantined.
The Health Ministry has deployed more healthcare personnel to Sabah in the on-going efforts to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry had mobilised seven nurses from the Kelantan Health Department to the Tawau Hospital in Sabah yesterday.
The reinforcement team from Kelantan to Sabah was made up of two nurses each from Gua Musang Hospital and Tanah Merah Hospital as well as one nurse each from the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, Tengku Anis Hospital and Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital.
1Utama shopping mall in Bandar Utama here is providing Covid-19 screening at its parking lots from today for its staff.
In a statement, the management said the private test for its employees was fully borne by 1Utama.
"We had swiftly deployed teams on the floor yesterday to register the tenants.
Absenteeism is on the rise in schools around the Klang Valley since last week, following the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, including among teachers and students.
SK Bangsar here announced it would close for a week yesterday after two pupils tested positive for Covid-19 recently, but schools in the rest of the Klang Valley are seeing a drop in attendance despite not recording any cases.
A teacher, who wanted to be known only as Fiqa, 30, said poor student attendance at her school began last week.
The Klang sub-district, one of Selangor's busiest and most densely-populated areas, bore an air of desolation yesterday, the first day of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
Major roads, usually chock-full of vehicles, were noticeably devoid of traffic, even during peak hours, with the only presence being police roadblocks set up to prevent unnecessary movement of people amid the surge of Covid-19 cases in the area.
The Sabah government is allocating RM2 million in immediate assistance to each Covid-19 red zone amidst a continuing surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.
Sabah currently has 10 red zones: Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan, Sandakan, Tuaran and Papar.
The total RM20 million allocation will be in the form of food baskets which will be delivered to each red zone via its respective district disaster operational control centre (PKOB).
1Utama shopping mall and Tropicana Golf Club & Country Resort have been ordered to close temporarily starting Sunday (Oct 11) after workers and patrons at the two establishments tested positive for the coronavirus.
Petaling district officer Johary Anuar said the closures were ordered to facilitate close contact screening and disinfection operations.
"As the Petaling district Disaster Management Committee chairman, I announce the closure of a shopping complex and a golf club here due to Covid-19 outbreaks at the (two) premises.
A man who tested positive for Covid-19 in the Telipok area, yesterday was asked to seek treatment at any nearby health clinic immediately.
Kota Kinabalu district police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said the man fled after being asked to wait at the National Crisis Preparedness & Response Centre (CPRC) of the Kota Kinabalu Area Health Office to be taken to a hospital after getting the test results at the Telipok Health Clinic.
Two men and two women have been slapped with a compound of RM1,000 each for not wearing face masks in public places in the duty-free-island.
They were found to have violated the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
The seven Penang Remand Prison inmates who were tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, had shared the same cell with eight others tested positive earlier.
All are being treated at the Penang Hospital and reported to be in a stable condition.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said the seven inmates tested positive yesterday were in the same cell as the 85-year-old inmate who had died on Monday.
As the country faces a third wave of Covid-19 infections with hundreds of new cases daily, health workers, besides treating them, have the arduous task of locating infected patients’ close contacts to avoid new clusters emerging and contain the spread.
A close contact, if infected, could unknowingly be spreading the virus around while remaining asymptomatic, further expanding the chain of infection or cluster.
A Selangor state assemblyman has called for a mass Covid-19 testing be conducted at high risk and congested areas.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Risyakaran said areas such as low-cost housing are at higher risk of transmitting the virus.
At the moment, he said the Health Ministry's standard operation is only to screen those with close contact with those tested positive for the virus.
The recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases has not affected foreign investments in various projects in Johor, said the state investment, entrepreneurship development, cooperatives and human resource committee chairman Mohd Izhar Ahmad.
He said more than 10 investors had expressed their intention and interest to return and invest in the state.
The administrative committee of the Dato’ Klana Petra Lela Mohd Yusof Mosque in Sikamat here has denied the allegation that an individual confirmed positive for Covid-19 was present to perform Friday prayers at the mosque yesterday.
According to its acting chairman Najib Nubhan Khairuddin, based on checks conducted by the Health Ministry (MOH), the man was found performing Friday prayers at the mosque last week and not yesterday.
Healthcare workers at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah are struggling to cope with their workload after over half the nurses in the department were forced to self-quarantine.
Malaysiakini reported that 40 of the 66 nurses manning the ICU wards were quarantined after one of their colleagues tested positive for Covid-19.
The government has decided to implement the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at a hostel housing for employees of Tropicana Corporation Sdn Bhd in Petaling Jaya, near here.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the EMCO will be enforced for 14 days starting 12.01am on Oct 12 until Oct 25.
The Senior Defence Minister said some 500 employees at the hostel would be affected by the EMCO.
Police have identified a man wearing a pink bracelet believed to be under quarantine at a petrol station in Bukit Tinggi, Klang as depicted in the video that has gone viral on social media since yesterday.
South Klang district police chief, ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said the one-minute and four-second video was watched by his senior officer before lodging a police report at about 7.24pm last night.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) will be mobilised to make daily flights to ferry the thousands of swab test samples of suspected Covid-19 carriers from Sabah to Peninsular Malaysia, Putrajaya said today.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this move comes following appeal for help as the small number of laboratories in the state could no longer handle the volume of samples that have been coming in.
A targeted Covid-19 screening exercise on Selangor residents with a history of visiting Sabah by Selcare Clinic, a state-owned subsidiary detected four positive cases.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari posted on his Twitter page said the positive cases were found through screening on two individuals from Gombak and one case each in Subang and Puchong.
The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has suggested that all schools with positive Covid-19 cases be temporarily closed to curb the spread of the disease.
Its president Adnan Mat said temporary closure would facilitate proper identification of close contacts to reduce the risk of further infections.
“If the schools continue to operate with the presence of close contacts, Cuepacs is worried that it would increase the risk of contagion. The school cleaning and sanitisation works can be done efficiently if the schools are closed.
There will be no state-level Deepavali celebrations this year due to a spike in the number of Covid-19 positive cases, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
He said the matter was decided at the Perak National Security Council (MKN) yesterday based on the current situation and after taking into account the interest of the public.
Parents should exercise their discretion in deciding whether they should risk sending their children to school or keep them home amid the rising positive Covid-19 cases among pupils.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said parental judgment was important.
"If a parent feels that their child is in danger, take heed and act on it. Parents do not need to wait for bureaucrats to make decisions for them if the life of their child may be at stake.
The Health Ministry has detected three new clusters today, concentrated in the states of Sabah, Selangor, and Negri Sembilan.
Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said these are the Samudera cluster in Sandakan, Sabah; the Palma cluster in Gombak, Hulu Selangor and Kepong, Kuala Lumpur; and the Jaya cluster at Sepang in Selangor, and Seremban in Negri Sembilan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.