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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.

Sarawak State Election Office temporarily closed after staff tests positive for Covid-19

Sarawak

The Sarawak State Election Office (PPN) is temporarily closed from Monday until August 2 after one of its staff was tested positive for Covid-19, according to Election Commission (EC) secretary Ikmarudin Ishak. In line with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the pandemic, all Sarawak PPN staff who had close contact with the patient have also been ordered to undergo self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Another photograph of individual violating home quarantine goes viral

Selangor

The public and netizens were once again upset with a photograph of a man violating home quarantine at a restaurant in Sungai Udang here this morning. A Bernama survey at the premises found that several Klang Municipal Council (MPK) enforcement officers had taken down statements from the restaurant workers.

Two new Covid-19 clusters identified

National

The Health Ministry has detected two new Covid-19 clusters today, namely the Hyde Park cluster and Melbourne cluster. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Hyde Park cluster was detected from a ship in Pelabuhan Klang. "The index case of this cluster (Case 8,769) was a foreigner from Russia with travel history abroad (Egypt and India).

Parents crowding at school entrance, difficult observing social distancing

Pahang

KUANTAN: Parents waiting to fetch their children at a primary school here today were left fuming as the section outside the main entrance became overcrowded. Standing under the scorching sun, parents could not observe social distancing while a majority of them were not wearing face masks.

Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia records 16 new Covid-19 cases today

National

he Health Ministry has recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases today, with four recoveries. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the total cumulative number of positive cases to 8,831, and cumulative recoveries to 8,566. “Of the 16 cases, eight are imported cases while the other eight are locally transmitted cases,” he said in a statement on updates of Covid-19 infection today.

Back to school: Parents remain cautious but pupils happy

National

The Education Ministry today proceeded with its decision to allow the reopening of schools for Year 1 to 4. The move however came amidst rising cases of Covid-19 in the country which had caused worry among parents. A mother, Jane Edwin said for now, she would observed how schools were managing the students with the new standard operating procedures.

Almost 400 Malaysians returned from abroad yesterday: Ismail Sabri

National

Three hundred and eighty nine Malaysians returned home via Kuala Lumpur International Airport and KLIA2 on Tuesday with all of them ordered to undergo mandatory quarantine in their respective houses. Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said they returned from Indonesia, Vietnam, Qatar, China, Turkey, India, Philippines, Nepal and Japan. He said today 40 members of the Malaysian tabligh group who were stranded in India came home via Air India Express.

Sabah schools must remain vigilant to control Covid-19 spread

Sabah

All school management in the state must remain vigilant and ensure that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are complied with to curb Covid-19 transmission, Sabah Education Director Dr Mistirine Radin said. Mistirine said though most schools have complied with the SOPs with the reopening of the school sessions, there are a lot more to be done by the District Education Office in giving guidance to schools in their respective districts, especially in terms of social distancing during classes.

15 new cases, seven recoveries, 123 fatalities

National

The Health Ministry has recorded seven recoveries and 15 new cases of Covid-19. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said that of the 15 new infections, four were from import cases involving three Malaysians and one foreigner who came in for work purposes. "From the 11 local cases, one is a foreigner who tested positive during a new arrival screening at the Semuja Immigration depot in Sarawak," he said during his briefing today.

Night clubs, pubs operating during RMCO risk license suspension

National

The Housing and Local Government Ministry and local authorities will suspend the business licenses of night clubs and entertainment outlets found to be operating during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said night clubs and entertainment outlets are still barred from operating as it is still in the list of prohibited activities.

Govt scraps home quarantine following SOP breaches

National

The government has scrapped the home quarantine order for Malaysians returning from overseas as well as new foreign arrivals, who must now serve out their 14-day Covid-19 isolation period at designated quarantine stations. The move follows several cases of People Under Surveillance (PUSs) flouting the strict restrictions and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of their home quarantine order.

No more warning but stern action for MCO violators, says Putrajaya

National

Stern action will be taken immediately against those who violate rules stipulated under the movement control order (MCO) put in place to curb further spreading of Covid-19, Putrajaya said today. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said no more warning will be issued to those who flout the MCO. “More and more are found to be violating rules under the MCO behaving as though MCO does not exist or has ended.

No plans to defer school reopening for all students, says Ismail Sabri

National

Putrajaya said today it has no plans to defer school reopening, despite concerns over Covid-19 active cases now rising to three digits. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said as of now there is no such decision from the Ministry of Education. “We will stick to the prior decision made on school reopening,” he told a press briefing.

Lackadaisical attitude jeopardising good work done in combating Covid-19

National

The lackadaisical attitude shown by Malaysians towards standard operating procedures (SOP) in public places to combat the spread of Covid-19 is raising concerns. The chairman of Alliance for Safe Community Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye urged Malaysians to double their efforts and determination in curbing the coronavirus. This, the social activist said, they could do only by adhering strictly to the existing SOPs, just as they did at the height of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Past experience with other viruses helped Malaysia manage Covid-19, says Dr Noor Hisham

National

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has attributed the Ministry of Health’s preparedness to combat the Covid-19 pandemic to having managed and handled previous virus outbreaks like Nipah, SARS, MERS-Cov and H1N1. “In December last year, when we (Ministry of Health) first heard about the Wuhan, China outbreak, we accepted the fact that it was inevitable the virus will reach our shores.

Dr Noor Hisham: Covid-19 infections in Malaysia continue upward trajectory today, with 21 new cases

National

The number of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has surpassed the recovery rate for today, as the Health Ministry reports 21 new cases have been recorded. Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of new infections as of noon today makes it a total of 8,800 cases in the country. “Currently, there are 122 active Covid-19 cases, which have been isolated and are under treatment,” he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham: Kluang old folks’ home Covid-19 cluster emerges, 14 positive cases detected

National

A new Covid-19 cluster has emerged, this time at an old folks’ home in Kluang, Johor. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the first case from this cluster is related to yesterday’s Covid-19 death, or the 8,770th case. “To this end, investigations and tracing activity have been carried out. As of noon today, 39 people have been screened, including 14 who tested positive for Covid-19, 18 who turned out negative, and seven more are still awaiting results,” he said in a statement.

Pubgoers among top RMCO violators

National

Police nabbed a total of 383 individuals for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order's (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Sunday, including 328 who patronised pubs and night clubs. Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement today said of the total nabbed, 32 were remanded, while the rest comprising 351 individuals were slapped with a RM1,000 compound each.

Govt mulling over compulsory use of face masks in public areas, says PM

National

The government is considering to make it compulsory to use face masks in public places, and the details will be announced soon after being finalised, says the Prime Minister. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the battle with the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over.

15 new cases, one death, bringing total fatalities to 123

National

Malaysia recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (July 19), bringing the total number of infections to 8,779 cases. Eleven cases were local transmissions, while four cases were imported. Of the 11 locally transmitted cases, eight involved Malaysians while three involved non-citizens, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Community-based rehab centres to resume operations next month

National

Community-based rehab centres (PDK) throughout the country can resume operations as early as next month after closing since the Movement Control Order (MCO) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun said currently the reopening procedure was subject to a proposal by the Health Ministry.

Fake news: 266 investigation papers opened since beginning of MCO

National

A total of 266 investigation papers have been opened in connection with spreading fake news since the start of the movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Sunday (July 19). The Senior Minister (Security) said as of July 18,172 cases were still being investigated, 30 had been prosecuted, 12 issued a warning notice, and 13 were undergoing trial. He said convictions had been obtained in 17 cases.

Sabri: All 1,433 home quarantine orders complied with SOP

National

A total of 1,433 inspections on home quarantine orders were conducted on Saturday (July 18), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said all of those inspected complied with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for home quarantine. "A total of 934 Malaysians returned on Saturday via flights at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2.

Malaysia riding out Covid-19 storm comparatively better, says World Bank

National

Despite the numerous challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia is riding out the severe economic downturn comparatively better than many economies, says the World Bank. Country director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, East Asia and Pacific, Ndiamé Diop said Malaysia’s economy rests on strong fundamentals.

78 individuals arrested for defying MCO yesterday

National

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) detained 78 individuals for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) yesterday, according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). He said from the total, an individual was remanded, 35 were given bail while 42 individuals were issued compounds. “Among the MCO offences included attending gathering where social distancing is difficult and violating standard operating procedure (SOP),” he said in a statement, here today.

14 held for defying RMCO: Ismail Sabri

National

A total of 14 people were arrested yesterday for defying the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). He said that while three of them were remanded, the other 11 were issued with compounds. “Among the offences included taking part in events involving huge crowds which hindered social distancing and activities which violated the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said in a statement today.

Three main economic sectors start showing signs of recovery, says minister

National

The country’s three main economic sectors, namely manufacturing, construction and agriculture that have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, have gradually recovered, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. He said even though the private construction sector is still struggling, works for government projects which had recontinued had enabled many construction companies to restart their operations.

Domestic tourism likely to recover earlier than expected, says minister

National

Malaysia's domestic tourism sector, badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), will recover earlier than expected. Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the optimism was attributed to the high level of compliance with the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP) by Malaysians.

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.