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14,954 new cases, Sarawak highest with 2,707 infections

National

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.

15,549 new Covid-19 cases today

National

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).

68 pc bed occupancy at ICU beds nationwide

National

Bed occupancy rate at intensive care units (ICU) treating Covid-19 patients in the country currently stands at 68 per cent or 1,561 beds used. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said however ICU beds usage in Kedah and Perak were over 100 per cent. Based on the data shared on his Facebook, ICU beds usage in Kedah was at 102 per cent (104 beds used), with 111 per cent (90 beds used) in Perak. In Kelantan, the ICU beds usage was at 95 per cent (85 beds used), with Johor at 91 per cent (110 beds), Perlis (91 per cent/11 beds), Sabah (90 per cent/143 beds), Sarawak (83 per cent/120 beds), Selangor (75 per cent/317 beds) and Kuala Lumpur (73 per cent/187 beds).

Kelantanese swarm PPVs on second day of walk-in vaccinations

Kelantan

The second day of the walk-in vaccination in Kelantan saw more people flock to Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPV) to get their jabs. The visitors, ranging from young adults to the elderly, mostly comprised those who have yet to get their appointment dates on MySejahtera. One of them was housewife Fauziah Kamaruddin, 52, of Pengkalan Chepa, who was accompanied by her 32-year-old daughter Fazlily Kamaruzaman. Fazlily said they arrived at the PPV at the As-Salam mosque here about 9.30am.

18,547 new cases, Sarawak highest with 3,200

National

Malaysia has 18,547 more cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday (September 7), the Health Ministry reported. Cumulatively, Malaysia has had 1,880,734 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. Sarawak continued to have the most infections out of all states with 3,200 new cases. Selangor is second with 2,407 cases, followed by Johor (2,174) and Sabah (2,107).

Covid-19 vaccination: Kelantan sees over 5,000 walk-ins on first day of programme

Kelantan

Kelantan recorded more than 5,000 people who walked in to get their Covid-19 vaccine jabs at 21 vaccination centres (PPV) throughout the state. State health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the figure was recorded on the first day of the walk-in approach which started yesterday, adding that the department estimated more than 10,000 people to get vaccinated under this initiative. "In our meeting on Saturday, the department decided to allow the public to get their vaccine jabs via walk-in, which will involve some 10,740 people based on the MySejahtera registrations. "The number of people who turned up yesterday had been overwhelming with more than half of the estimated target having visited the 21 PPVs," he told reporters after attending the state-level National Security Council (NSC) meeting, here, today.

Covid-19 vaccination outreach programme to be reimplemented in KL, Putrajaya, says deputy minister

Selangor

The vaccination outreach programme will be implemented again for residents who have been left behind in getting their Covid-19 vaccine in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, said Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias. He said the focus would be on areas which have recorded over 500 positive cases in the last two weeks, especially at the People’s Housing Project (PPR) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)housing areas. “Should cases hit 500 in the area, we will send a vaccination mobile unit there. So, city dwellers aged 18 and above who have not received their vaccine can immediately go to the outreach location later.

High Covid-19 deaths not necessarily daily rates, but reports from backlogs

National

The high number of Covid-19 deaths reported daily does not reflect the actual number of fresh deaths that occur within 24 hours, federal Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. He explained that the numbers are sometimes piled up over several days as the authorities need time to confirm the cause of death, especially in places like the Klang Valley which also have a high Covid-19 vaccination rate. “The daily death reports are not necessarily from the last 24 hours. There is a long backlog because we have to confirm the cause of death is from Covid-19 and not something else,” he told a press conference after a National Covid-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Task Force (CITF) meeting with the Sabah government at the state administrative centre here.

Fresh Covid-19 infections dip to 17,352 but over 5,000 in Sabah and Sarawak

National

Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases declined to 17,352 today, despite an increase in Sabah and Sarawak that contributed over 5,000 new infections. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak reported 3,714 new infections while Sabah registered 1,844 cases, the two sandwiched by Selangor’s 2,126 and Johor’s 2,101 new cases. Numbers in Kuala Lumpur continued on a downward trend with only 398 new cases reported today, as Kedah (1,599), Penang (1,558), Kelantan (1,213) and Perak (1,082) all registered more than 1,000 new cases over the last day.

Malaysia’s ICU bed occupancy dips slightly to 86pc; non-ICU bed use rises to 75pc

National

The rate of bed occupancy in intensive care units (ICU) across Malaysia has dipped slightly to 86 per cent compared to 87 per cent the previous day, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. This is in comparison to the 90 per cent ICU bed occupancy on September 2. However, non-ICU bed usage has seen a minor increase of 4 per cent, or rise to 75 per cent, compared to 71 per cent the previous day. Kedah, which only has 108 ICU beds, has exceeded its capacity at 123 per cent, followed by Perak, which has a 108 per cent occupancy rate of the 90 beds available in the state.

Sarawak records highest ever fatalities with 15 deaths

Sarawak

Sarawak today recorded 15 Covid-19 deaths, the highest recorded by the state within 24 hours, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). In its daily update statement, SDMC said that nine deaths were recorded in Kuching, two in Serian and one each in Samarahan, Betong, Saratok and Sibu. The nine deaths from Kuching involved individuals aged between 60 to 97 and all of them passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Tawau cops hunt Covid-19 positive detainees who fled quarantine centre

Sabah

Police have launched a hunt for three Covid-19 positive male detainees who escaped from the Quarantine and Low-risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) at Dewan Arena here early today. Tawau district police chief ACP Puter Umbuas said two detainees, Niko Matheus, 25, and Hashim Muhamad Syata, 34, are Indonesians while the third is a 23-year-old Filipino, Jimnajir Anoor. The trio fled at 12.30am, he said.

Malaysia’s new fatalities remain above 300 mark, total death toll now at 18,219

National

Malaysia continues to record deaths attributed to Covid-19 past the 300 mark, with 336 new fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours, according to data released by Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today. This latest figure brings the national Covid-19 death tally to 18,219 since the pandemic began. In the same 24-hour period, the country recorded 20,396 new infections. This means the total cumulative cases so far stand at 1,844,835. Currently, there are also 959 individuals being treated in intensive care units (ICU) across Malaysia, of which 436 are on ventilators.

M'sia records 20,396 new cases, says Health DG

National

There were 20,396 new Covid-19 infections in the country on Sunday (Sept 5), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic). The Health director-general said, in a tweet, that this brings the total number of cases in Malaysia since the pandemic began to 1,844,835. Selangor continued to record the most new cases with 3,886 infections, followed by Sarawak (3,747), Johor (2,165) and Sabah (2,136). Only three localities recorded less than 100 new infections - Perlis with 78 new cases, Putrajaya (25) and Labuan 4.

National

Khairy targets early Oct roll-out of Covid-19 booster shots for frontliners, vulnerable groups

National

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.

Kuala Lumpur

Chaotic crowd outside KL hotel not part of vaccination programme, says govt

Kuala Lumpur

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.

Putrajaya

Four hospitals to get medical equipment from Cyberjaya Hospital, says health minister

Putrajaya

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.

Selangor

Spotted. KJ makes surprise visit to Kajang Hospital

Selangor

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.

Johor

Johor Covid-19 task force to improve system used to screen, isolate, monitor and treat patients

Johor

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).

Perak

Pangkor Island expected to open to fully-vaccinated tourists on Nov 1, says Perak exco

Perak

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.

P.Pinang

Four Covid-19 cases detected after screenings of those leaving for Langkawi

P.Pinang

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).

Kedah

Kedah to expand Covid-19 vaccination facilities, says MB

Kedah

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.

Perlis

Perlis trying to persuade 26 teachers to get vaccinated

Perlis

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.

Pahang

Two villages in Pahang to go under EMCO

Pahang

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

Kelantan to get single-dose CanSino vaccine by month end

Kelantan

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

Terengganu latest to move to Phase Three of Covid-19 recovery plan

Terengganu

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.

Melaka

Night, morning markets in Melaka to open after traders completed Covid-19 vaccination, says CM

Melaka

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).

N.Sembilan

Almost 2 million doses needed for vaccination in industrial sector

N.Sembilan

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.

Labuan

94 per cent of Form 4 and 5 students in Labuan receive first vaccine dose

Labuan

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

Sabah to start vaccinating teens aged 12 to 17 tomorrow

Sabah

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.

Sarawak

99.74pc of 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak either asymptomatic or mild cases

Sarawak

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.