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New daily cases drop below 3,000 mark, with 2,342 reported on Monday (Jan 17)

National

There were 2,342 new Covid-19 infections reported in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 17), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says this brings the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,810,669 cases since the pandemic began. He added that a more detailed breakdown of Monday's daily infections would be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

3,010 new cases bring total to 2,808,347

National

The Health Ministry reported 3,010 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 16). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,808,347. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

All Covid-positive cases from Sekolah Seri Puteri in stable condition, school temporarily shuttered

National

All students, teachers and administrative staff of Sekolah Seri Puteri in Cyberjaya who tested positive for Covid-19 are in stable condition and the school has been temporarily shuttered after 143 were found positive, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. He said that of the 143,106 cases are under Category 1, while 35 others are under Category 2A and two others; a teacher and a student are under Category 2B. The Covid-19 outbreak in the school which has since been named the Persiaran Tasik Cluster, was announced on November 29, after eight positive cases were reported.

499 cases in ICU, 269 require ventilators, says Health DG

National

A total of 499 Covid-19 cases were treated at intensive care units on Friday (Dec 3), says the Health Ministry. Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 269 cases also required ventilator support. "A total of 5,551 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday (Dec 3), bringing the cumulative cases to 2,649,578. "There were also 5,301 recoveries, bringing the total number to 2,556,554," he said in a statement.

Persiaran Tasik cluster at school includes 114 students, says Health DG

National

Nineteen teachers, ten staff members and 114 students tested positive under the Persiaran Tasik cluster at Sekolah Seri Puteri at Cyberjaya. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster was announced on Nov 29 when eight cases were recorded. "The Sepang Health Department conducted screenings from Nov 26 to Dec 3 on 973 individuals at the school. "Of the 143 cases recorded, 106 were category one while 35 were under category 2A while two cases were under category 2B" he said in a statement on Friday (Dec 3).

Digital tracking device for international travellers from high-risk Covid-19 countries

National

Travelers who arrive at KLIA from high-risk Covid-19 countries will now have to wear digital tracking devices throughout their home surveillance and quarantine periods. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this is in light of the increasing spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant and Malaysia gradually reopening its borders. "This list (high-risk countries) will be prepared by the Health Ministry," he said at a press conference here today. It is understood that due to signal restrictions, tracking devices were initially required for international travelers observing home quarantine in the Klang Valley only. The issue has since been resolved to cover those observing home quarantine all over the country.

Don't panic, KJ tells Malaysians following Omicron detection

National

Malaysians need to accept the possibility that there are already Omicron variant-fueled Covid-19 cases in the country, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He however said the public should not panic as preventive steps and standard operating procedures (SOP) in Malaysia are very stringent. The ministry, he said, is also increasing its genomic surveillance capacity to detect the variant of concern. "If you look at countries that are imposing measures thanks the emergence (of Omicron), they are doing what we are doing.

5,551 new cases bring total to 2,649,578

National

The Health Ministry reported 5,551 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Dec 3). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,649,578. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

First case of Omicron variant detected in Malaysia, says KJ

National

The first case of the Covid-19 variant Omicron has been detected in Malaysia, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Khairy said a positive sample of the Omicron variant was detected on Thursday (Dec 2) involving a 19-year-old South African private university student in Ipoh who arrived from South Africa through Singapore on Nov 19. He said the student did the RT-PCR test upon arrival at KLIA. "The student underwent mandatory quarantine at a residence that was provided by the university in Ipoh.

MRSM Pendang ordered closed after three teachers test positive for Covid-19

Kedah

Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Pendang was ordered to close for three days after three teachers tested positive for Covid-19. Kedah Health director Dr Othman Warijo said the three teachers were also ordered to undergo home quarantine. "The positive cases were detected between last Friday and today. Two of the teachers live outside the school while the third teacher lives in the school's quarters," he said when contacted. Dr Othman added that 30 other teachers were also ordered to undergo home quarantine after they were identified as close contacts.

Up to four in ten people wary of booster jabs, says Health Ministry

National

Between 30% to 40% of those who have completed their vaccination process are wary of getting their booster dose, says Datuk Ago Anak Dagang. "As of Nov 30, the total number of those who have received their booster doses is 2,458,510 or 10.83% of the adult population. "Sarawak has the highest with 648,885 recipients who have had their booster dose," the Deputy Health Minister said when replying to a supplementary question raised by Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (IND-Tebrau) in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday. (Dec 3) On Choong's suggestion to make booster doses mandatory, Ago said;

Covid-19 count at Cyberjaya school soars to 139

Selangor

The mass Covid-19 breakout at Sekolah Seri Puteri in Cyberjaya, Sepang, which was declared the Persiaran Tasik Cluster on Nov 29, has now recorded 139 positive cases, a sharp increase from 65 yesterday. The number of confirmed cases had grown following testing on 946 individuals comprising teachers, students and staff up to 3pm today, said Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Sha'ri Ngadiman. The latest figures in the cluster included its index case, a teacher of the fully-residential boarding school and seven others, including students, who were earlier confirmed to be positive. "To date, 114 students, 15 teachers and 10 staff members are positive, bringing the total to 139. They have been referred to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre.

5,806 new cases bring total to 2,644,027

National

The Health Ministry reported 5,806 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Dec 2). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,644,027. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

5,439 new cases bring total to 2,638,221

National

The Health Ministry reported 5,439 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Dec 1). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,638,221. The number of new cases according to state will be shared by the Health Ministry on its CovidNow portal.

National

New daily cases drop below 3,000 mark, with 2,342 reported on Monday (Jan 17)

National

There were 2,342 new Covid-19 infections reported in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 17), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says this brings the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,810,669 cases since the pandemic began. He added that a more detailed breakdown of Monday's daily infections would be uploaded to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal at midnight.

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

Selangor to give 157,000 Covid-19 booster shots for free from tomorrow, says MB

Selangor

A total of 157,000 Covid-19 vaccine booster shots would be given for free to Selangor residents beginning tomorrow under the SelVax Booster Programme, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari. He said residents aged 18 and above and who had received two doses of vaccine could get the booster jab via walk-in to the nearest Selcare clinic. “The list of the Selcare clinics involved in the SelVax Booster Programme is available on the website, https://selcareclinic.com/our-clinic/ or via the SELangkah application,” he said at a news conference, here, today.

Johor

ohor cops nab 35 for violating NRP SOPs, compound notices totalling RM195,000 issued

Johor

A total of 35 people, including nine women, were slapped with compound notices totalling RM195,000 for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) at an entertainment centre in Taman Kempas Utama, Kempas, here. Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Rupeah Abd Wahid said that all of the individuals, comprising 26 men and nine women, aged between 17 and 42 years old, were found to be in violation of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. "The suspects were arrested during a joint raid conducted by the Johor Baru North District Police and the Johor Police Contingent Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7) at about 12.05am on Sunday (Oct 31).

Perak

Perak detects second Omicron case, involving umrah pilgrim

Perak

Perak has detected the second case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the state, involving an individual who returned after performing the umrah pilgrimage. State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the individual tested positive while undergoing quarantine at home. "The case is under control. The screening test on close contacts turned out to be negative. However, further observation and monitoring will still be done," he told reporters after closing the state-level National Environment Day celebration today.

P.Pinang

Frontliners cheer as Penang mega PPV officially shutters

P.Pinang

While the frontliners in the Penang mega vaccination centre (PPV) donned their face masks, their smiles and joy could be felt as they celebrated the closure of the PPV at Setia Spice Arena here today. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who officiated the closure of the mega PPV, announced that 100 per cent of Penang’s adult population had already received their second Covid-19 vaccine shot. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone’s commitment here in ensuring the safety and security of the state and our people,” he said in his speech.

Kedah

162 teachers in Kedah still not vaccinated

Kedah

A total of 162 or 0.1% of the 30,000 teachers in Kedah have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. State Religion, Education and Human Resource Committee chairman Datuk Najmi Ahmad said these unvaccinated primary and secondary school teachers were not allowed to teach students face-to-face. "Teachers who have not been vaccinated still need to attend school but will be placed in a separate place to ensure the health and safety of students and other teachers. "I'm not sure why they haven't taken the vaccine yet. Maybe it's because of their own perception of the vaccine, or fear of being vaccinated because of negative news on social media," he said after handing over tablet donation from Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) to 70 secondary school students in Kedah at Dewan Seri Mentaloon here.

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

EMCO in Felda Jengka 25 in Temerloh from tomorrow

Pahang

The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be implemented in Felda Jengka 25, Temerloh in Pahang from tomorrow (December 28) till January 10. National Security Council director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad announced the decision after studying the presentation of the Health Ministry on the Covid-19 risk evaluation and infection trend at the locality. “The standard operating procedure (SOP) for all EMCO is the same as announced earlier,” he said in a statement today.

Kelantan

Poor response to Covid-19 vaccine booster dose in Kelantan, says state Health Dept

Kelantan

The Kelantan Health Department said only 90,316 individuals or 7.3 per cent of the state’s 1.2 million adults who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have taken their booster doses. Its director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the booster dose take-up rates were still low in Kelantan. In Kota Baru district, only 47,943 individuals or 12.19 per cent of the 393,000 vaccinated adults have received their booster shot, followed by Tumpat (5,466 out of 122,900 adults) and Pasir Mas (7,344 out of 151,900 adults). “We hope those who are eligible would quickly go for their booster shots.

Terengganu

Only one case of fake vax certificates being sold in Terengganu, says Bukit Aman

Terengganu

Bukit Aman has detected only one case of selling fake vaccine certificates so far in Terengganu, says Comm Datuk Kamarudin Md Din. The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director said a 51-year-old medical practitioner was arrested in that case, where he sold vaccine certificates without administering the vaccine. "The suspect has been remanded until Wednesday (Jan 12) to assist the investigation. "So far there is only one case but we are gathering actionable intelligence and monitoring the situation closely to detect if there are individuals or groups selling fake vaccine certificates," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 11).

Melaka

UiTM student Residential Colleges ordered to close for 10 days due to Covid-19 case

Melaka

Several student Residential Colleges at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Lendu in Alor Gajah have been ordered to close for 10 days beginning on Thrusday (Nov 11) after a student was found to be Covid-19 positive in preliminary screening. Melaka Health director Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman said the closure notice was issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 after the detection of the positive case and eight symptomatic students. "The Alor Gajah District Health Office (PKD) was notified by the UiTM Clinic at 2pm on Tuesday (Nov 9) that the student was found Covid-19 positive through Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) screening while eight others had upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTI).

N.Sembilan

Three Omicron cases detected in Negeri Sembilan

N.Sembilan

Three cases of Covid-19 of the Omicron variant have been detected in Negeri Sembilan of yesterday and they were all import cases involving three women who returned from abroad. State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Action Committee chairman S. Veerapan said the first case involved a 28-year-old who arrived from Ireland through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last Dec 15. The case, who was asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, was screened at the KLIA entrance and was required to wear the digital detector surveillance bracelet and in quarantine at home in Seremban, he told Bernama here today.

Labuan

New SOP for domestic, international ships to Labuan starting Friday

Labuan

The National Security Council (NSC) has approved a revised standard operating procedure (SOP) for the entry of domestic and international ships into Labuan waters beginning Sept 24. Labuan NSC director Mohd Hafiez Mohd Daud said under the SOP, only fully vaccinated Malaysian ship crew members with negative results of real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or RTK-Antigen Saliva tests onboard are allowed to enter this duty-free island via a shore leave procedure (not for overnight stay on land). "The crew manifest entry document must be submitted to the Labuan Health Department three days prior to arrival, and the crew’s health declaration must be made known to the healthcare personnel upon arrival at the Labuan Port,” he said on Wednesday (Sept 22).

Sabah

New cluster with one Omicron variant case detected in Labuan

Sabah

A new Covid-19 cluster has emerged in Labuan over the past 24 hours, recording 13 cases with one of them being Omicron variant. Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the cluster dubbed Jalan OKK Awang Besar Saudi was triggered by an Umrah pilgrim who returned to the island on Dec 21 last year and had interacted with several family members and other individuals. Dr Ismuni said the Covid-19 Omicron variant patient was currently undergoing quarantine alongside other family members.

Sarawak

Sarawak to vaccinate children aged 3 to 11 from Feb 1

Sarawak

Sarawak is expected to begin vaccinating children aged three to 11 against Covid-19 from next month, says deputy chief minister Dr Sim Kui Hian. He said the state government had made preparations for the vaccinations as the state moves to Phase 4 of the NRP on Monday (Jan 3).